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JOURNAL 



OF THE 



GENERAL CONFERENCE 



OF THE 



METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH, 



HELD IN CHICAGO, ILL., 



1868. 



EDITED BY 



Rev. WILLIAM L. HARRIS, D.D., 

SECRETARY OP THE CONFERENCE. 

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475 RIVERwIul DR., NEW YORK 27, N.Y. 



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New Vork : 
PUBLISHED BY CARLTON & LANAHAN, 



200 MULBERRY- STREET. 

1868. 



LIST OF DELEGATES BY CONFERENCES ELECTED TO 
THE GENERAL CONFERENCE OF 1868. 



BALTIMORE. 

John Lanahan, 
Nicholas J. B. Morgan, 
Samuel V. Blake. 

Reserves. 

William B. Edwards, 
James A. M'Cauley. 

BLACK RIVER. 

Eli C. Bruce, 
Benjamin S. Wright, 
John W. Armstrong, 
James Erwtn, 
Arza J. Phelps, 
Albert E. Corse, 
Isaac S. Bingham. 

Reserves. 
Samuel Call, 
John B. Foote, 
Otis Gibson. 

CALIFORNIA. 

John W. R^s, 
Adam Bland, 
John B. Hill. 

Reserve. 
Eleazer Thomas. 

CENTRAL GERMAN. 

William Nast, 
Jacob Rothweileb, 
Jacob Krehbeel. 



Reserves. 
George A. Breunig, 
Nicholas Nuhfer. 

CENTRAL ILLINOIS. 

Joseph S. Cumming, 
William H. Hunter, 
Richard Haney, 
Henderson Ritchie, 
Pearce T.Rhodes. 

Reserves. 

Oliver S. Munsell, 
Henry Summers. 

CENTRAL OHIO. 

William L. Harms, 
William G. Williams, 
Wesley J. Wells, 
Park S. Donelson. 

Reserves. 

Joseph Wykes, 
Thomas H. Wilson. 

CINCINNATI. 

asbury lowbey, 
James Kendall, 
William Young, 
John M. Walden, 
James Armstrong. 

Reserves. 

James F. Chalpant, 
Mightl Dustin. 



COLORADO. 

John L. Dyer. 

Reserve. 
William M. Smith. 

DES MOINES. 

Bennett Mitchell, 
Daniel Lamont. 

Reserve. 
Eli M. H. Fleming. 

DETROIT. 

Erastus O. Haven, 
Francis A. Blades, 
Benjamin F. Cocker, 
John M. Arnold, 
George B. Jocelyn. 

Reserves. 

Samuel Clements, 
George Smith. 

EAST BALTIMORE. 

Benjamin H. Creveb, 
Wilson L. Spottswood. 
Joseph France, 
Thompson Mitchell, 
Thomas Barnhakt, 
John H. C. Dosh, 
Henry Slicer. 

Reserves. 
William Harden, 
Benj. B. Hamlin. 



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List of Delegates by Conferences 



EAST CENESEE. 

John W. Lindsay, 
De W. C. Huntington, 
Thomas B. Hudson, 
Pkeeborn G. Hibbard, 
John. M. Reid, 
Kasimtr P. Jervis. 

Reserves. 

John N. Brown, 
Israel H. Kellogg. 

EASTERN GERMAN. 

John Swahlen. 

Reserve. 
Casper Jost. 

EAST MAINE. 

Luther P. French, 

Seth H. Beale, 

E. A. Helmershausen. 

Reserves. 
Charles B. Dunn, 
Loren. D. Wardwell. 

ERIE. 

William F. Day, 
Geo. W. Maltby, 
Russell H. Hurlburt, 
Rich'd A. Caruthers, 
Edwin J. L. Baker, 
George W. Clarke, 
James Greer, 
John Peate. 

Reserves. 
John Graham, 
Edwin A. Johnson, 
Htram Kinsley. 

CENESEE. 

Thomas Carlton, 
John B. Wentworth, 



Gilbert DeLaMatyr, 
Sanford Hunt. 

Reserves. 

Allen P. Ripley, 
William H. De Puy. 

ILLINOIS. 

Peter Akers, 
William J. Rutledge, 
James Leaton, 
Emmor Elliott, 
Jesse H. Moore, 
Peter Cartwright. 

Reserves. 
Levi C. Pitner, 

Samson Shtnn. 

INDIANA. 

Daniel M'Intyre, 
John Kiger, 
Benjamin F. Rawlins, 
William Meginnis. 

Reserves. 

James Hill, 
Cy^ius Nutt. 

IOWA. 

Charles A. Holmes, 
John H. Power, 
Edmund H. Waring. 

Reserves. 

Francis W. Evans, 
William F. Cowles. 

KANSAS. 

Daniel P. Mitchell, 
Werter R. Davis. 

Reserves. 

Hugh D. Fisher, 
Robert L. Harford. 



KENTUCKY. 

John C. Harrison, 
John G. Bruce. 

Reserve. 

William H. Black. 

MAINE. 

Henry P. Torsey, 
Charles Munger, 
Joseph Colby, 
Charles F. Allen. 

Reserves. 

Seba F. Wetherbee, 
Parker Jaques. 

MICHIGAN. 

Israel Cogshall, 
Francis B. Bangs, 
Riley C. Crawford, 
Horace Hall, 
Myron A. Daugherty. 

Reserves. 
Thomas H. Jacokes, 
Henry Penfield. 

MINNESOTA. 

James F. Chaffee, 
Cyrus Brooks, 
Chauncey Hobart. 

Reserves. 

David Bkooks, 
Justus O. Rich. 

MISSOURI AND AR- 
KANSAS. 

Benjamin F. Crary, 
William H. Gillam, 
Leroy M. Vernon, 
Nathan Shumate, 
Joseph H. Hopkins. 



Elected to the General Conference of 1868. 



Reserves. 

Samuel Huffman, 
Benj. St. James Fry. 

NEBRASKA. 
Charles W. Gtddlngs. 

Reserve. 
Thomas B. Lemon. 

NEVADA. 

Albert N. Fisher. 

Reserve. 

Jonathan W. Stump. 

NEWARK. 

Isaac W. Wiley, 
Jonathan T. Crane, 
Crook S. Vancleve, 
John S. Porter, 
Charles Larew. 

Reserves. 

Stacy W. Hilliard, 
Alexander L. Brice. 

NEW ENGLAND. 

Lorenzo R. Thayer, 
James Porter, 
William Butler, 
David Sherman, 
Gilbert Haven, 
Jefferson Hascall, 
William R. Clark. 

Reserves. 

Joseph Cummtngs, 
Daniel Dorchester. 

NEW HAMPSHIRE. 

Lorenzo D. Barrows, 
James Pike, 
George W. H. Clark, 
Orlando H. Jasper. 



Reserves- 
Joseph W. Guernsey, 
Robert S. Stubbs. 

NEW JERSEY. 

Elwood H. Stokes, 
Samuel Vansant, 
John S. Heisler, 
Isaac Winner, 
Francis A. Morrell. 

Reserves. 
Joseph B. Dobbins, 
Aaron E. Ballard. 

NEW YORK. 

Randolph S. Foster, 
William Goss, 
Paul R. Brown, 
Joseph B. Wakeley, 
Alex. H. Ferguson, 
Abiathar M. Osbon, 
WrLLiAM H. Ferris, 
John M'Clintock. 

Reserves. 
Lucius H. King, 
M. D'C. Crawford, 
Stephen D. Brown. 

NEW YORK EAST. 

Daniel Curry, 
George W. Woodruff, 
Benjamin Pilsbury, 
George Taylor, 
Hart F. Pease, 
Nathaneel Mead. 

Reserves. 
Heman Bangs, 
William M'Allisteh, 
Albert S. Hunt. 

NORTH INDIANA. 

Thomas Bowman, 
Milton Mahjn, 



William H. Goode, 
Jehu C. Medsker. 

Reserves. 

LONSON W. MONSON, 

Orange V. Lemon. 

NORTH OHIO. 

William D. Godman, 
Alfred Wheeler, 
Cadwalad'r H. OWEN8, 
Joseph F. Kennedy. 

Reserves. 
Henry Whiteman, 
Thomas Barkdull. 

N. W. GERMAN. 

George L. Mulfingeb, 
Frederic Schuler. 

Reserves. 

Christian A. Loeber, 
Frederic Kopp. 

N. W. INDIANA. 

Joseph C. Reed, 
William Graham, 
Aaron Wood, 
John L. Smith. 

Reserves. 

John Hull, 
Samuel Godfrey. 

N. W. WISCONSIN. 

Thos. M. Fullerton. 

Reserve^ 
Charles P. Hackney. 

OHIO. 

Stephen M. Merrill, 
John Dillon, 
Barzillai N. Spahr, 
William Porter, 
Joseph M. Trimble. 



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List of Delegates by Conferences 



Reserves. 
George W. Bbush, 
Solomon Howard. 

ONEIDA. 

Benoni I. Ives, 
"William N. Cobb, 
Albert S. Graves, 
William H. Olln, 
Luke C. Queal, 
William Reddy. 

Reserves. 
William Bixby, 
John T. Wright, 
Ephralm Hoag. 

OREGON. 

GUSTAVUS HlNES, 

Henry C. Benson. 

Reserve. 

Alvin F. "Waller. 

PHILADELPHIA. 

John P. Durbin, 
Joseph Castle, 
James Cunningham, 
William L. Gray, 
Goldsmith D. Carrowj 
William M'Combs, 
Vaughan Smith, 
Robert H. Pattison, 
Thomas C. Murphy. 

Reserves. 

Thomas J. Thompson, 
John F. Chaplain, 
Samuel W. Thomas. 

PITTSBURGH. 

Samuel H. Nesbit, 
Thomas M. Hudson, 
David L. Dempsey, 
Orvil'e N.Hartshorn, 
Israel C Pershing, 



Andrew J. Endsley, 
Hiram Miller. 

Reserves. 

John Williams, 
James L. Deens. 

PROVIDENCE. 

Samuel C. Brown, 
Daniel Wise, 
James Mather, 
Micah J. Talbot. 

Reserves. 

Pardon T. Kenney, 
David H. Ela. 

ROCK RIVER. 

Luke Hitchcock, 
Erasmus Q. Fuller, 
Rich'd A. Blanchard, 
Daniel P. Kidder, 
James Baume, 
Thomas M. Eddy. 

Reserves. 

William F. Stewart, 
B. H. Cart wright. 

S. E. INDIANA. 

Francis A. Hester, 
John W. Locke, 
Fern'do C Holliday. 

Reserve. 
Enoch G. Wood. 

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS 

Thomas A. Eaton, 
Andrew B. Morrison, 
Jas. B. Corrtngton, 
John W. Lowe. 

Reserves. 

John Van Cleve, 
Thomas F. Houts. 



S. W. GERMAN. 

Philip Kuhl, 
Henry Fiegenbaum, 
William Shreck. 

Reserves. 
Gerhard Timken, 
Henry F. Koeneke. 

TROY. 

William R. Brown, 
Samuel Meredith, 
Jesse T. Peck, 
John E. Bowen, 
Rodman H. Robinson, 
David P. Hulburd, 
Erastus Wentworth. 

Reserves. 

Chester F. Burdick, 
Joseph E. King. 

UPPER IOWA. 

Alpha J. Kynett, 
William Brush, 
Henry W. Reed, 

Daniel N. Holmes. 

Reserves. 
Chas. G. Truesdell, 
Horatio W.Houghton. 

VERMONT. 

Bennett Eaton, 
Putnam P. Ray, 
Alanson L. Cooper, 
Israel Luce. 

Reserves. 

Joseph A. Sherburne, 
William D. Malcolm. 

WEST VIRGINIA. 

Andrew J. Lyda, 
Gideon Martin, 
Alexander Martin. 



Elected to the General Conference of 1868. 



Reserves. 

John L. Irwin, 
James B. Blakeney. 

WEST WISCONSIN, 

Alfred Brunson, 
Richard Dudgeon. 

Reserves. 

Peter Mather, 
Elmore Yocum. 



WISCONSIN. 

George M. Steele, 
Wesson G. Miller, 
Samuel Fallows, 
Henry Bannister, 
Caleb D. Plllsbury. 

Reserves. 

Samuel C. Thomas, 
Joseph Anderson, 
Edward S. Grumley, 



WYOMING. 

Reuben Nelson, 
George Peck, 
Zechariah Paddock, 
Horatio R. Clarke. 



Reserves. 

Jonathan K. Peck, 
Young C. Smith. 



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ALPHABETICAL LIST OF DELEGATES. 



1 Akers, Peter, Illinois. 

2 Allen, Charles F., Maine. 

3 Armstrong, James, Cincinnati. 

4 Armstrong, John "W., Black River. 

5 Arnold, John M\, Detroit. 

B. 

6 Baker, Edwin J. L., Erie. 

7 Bangs, Francis B., Michigan. 

8 Bannister, Henry, "Wisconsin. 

9 Barnhart, Thomas, East Baltimore. 

10 Barrows, Lorenzo D., New Hamp- 

shire. 

11 Baume, James, Rock River. 

12 Beale, Seth H, East Maine. 

13 Benson, Henry C, Oregon. 

14 Bingham, Isaac S., Black River. 

15 Blades, Francis A., Detroit. 

16 Blake, Samuel V., Baltimore. 

17 Blanchard, Richard A., Rock 

River. 

18 Bland, Adam, California. 

19 Bowen, John E., Troy. 

20 Bowman, Thomas, North Indiana. 

21 Brooks, Cyrus, Minnesota. 

22 Brown, Paul R., New York. 

23 Brown, Samuel C, Providence. 

24 Brown, "William R., Troy. 

25 Bruce, Eli C, Black River. 



26 Bruce, John G., Kentucky. 

27 Brunson, Alfred, "West Wisconsin. 

28 Brush, "William, Upper Iowa. 

29 Butler, "William, New England. 

C. 

30 Carlton, Thomas, Genesee. 

31 Carrow, Goldsmith D., Phila- 

delphia. 

32 Cartwright, Peter, Illinois. 

33 Caruthers, Richard A., Erie. 

34 Castle, Joseph, Philadelphia. 

35 Chaffee, James F, Minnesota. 

36 Clark, George "W. H, New Hamp- 

shire. 

37 Clark, "William R., New England. 

38 Clarke, George "W., Erie. 

39 Clarke, Horatio R., "Wyoming. 

40 Cobb, William N., Oneida. 

41 Cocker, Benjamin F., Detroit. 

42 Cogshall, Israel, Michigan. 

43 Colby, Joseph, Maine. 

44 Cooper, Alanson L., Vermont. 

45 Corrington, James B., Southern Il- 

linois. 

46 Corse, Albert E., Black River. 

47 Crane, Jonathan T., Newark. 

48 Crary, Benjamln F., Missouri and 

Arkansas. 

49 Crawford, Riley C, Michigan. 



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Alphabetical List of Delegates. 



50 Crever, Benj. H., East Baltimore. 

51 Cummlng, Joseph H., Central Illinois. 

52 Cunningham, James, Philadelphia. 

53 Curry, Daniel, New York Bast. 

r>. 

54 Daugherty, Myron A., Michigan. 

55 Davis, "Werter R., Kansas. 

56 Day, "William F., Erie. 

57 De La Matyr, Gilbert, Genesee. 

58 Dempsey, David L., Pittsburgh. 

59 Dillon, John, Ohio. 

60 Donelson, Park S., Central Ohio. 

61 Dosh, John H. C, East Baltimore. 

62 Dudgeon, Richard, West Wisconsin. 

63 Durbin, John P., Philadelphia. 

64 Dyer, John L., Colorado. 

E. 

65 Eaton, Bennett, Vermont. 

66 Eaton, Thomas, Southern Illinois. 

67 Eddy, Thomas M., Rock River. 

68 Elliott, Emmor, Illinois. 

69 Endsley, Andrew J., Pittsburgh. 

70 Erwin, James, Black River. 

F. 

71 Fallows, Samuel, Wisconsin. 

72 Ferguson, Alexander, New York. 

73 Ferris, William H., New York. 

74 Fiegenbaum, Henry, Southwestern 

German. 

75 Fisher, Albert N, Nevada. 

76 Foster, Randolph S., New York. 

77 France, Joseph, East Baltimore. 

78 French, Luther P., East Maine. 

79 Fuller, Erasmus Q., Rock River. 

80 Fullerton, Thomas M., Northwest 

Wisconsin. 

O. 

81 Giddings, Charles W., Nebraska. 

82 Gillem, William H., Missouri and 

Arkansas. 

83 Godman, William D., North Ohio. 

84 Goode, William H., North Indiana. 

85 Goss, William, New York. 

86 Graham, William, Northwest In- 

diana. 

87 Graves, Albert S., Oneida. 

88 Gray, William L., Philadelphia. 

89 Greer, James, Erie. 



H. 

90 Hall, Horace, Michigan. 

91 Haney, Richard, Central Illinois. 
92" Harris, William L., Central Ohio. 

93 Harrison, John C, Kentucky. 

94 Hartshorn, Orville N., Pitts- 

burgh. 

95 Hascall, Jefferson, New En- 

gland. 

96 Haven, Erastus 0., Detroit. 

97 Haven, Gilbert, New England. 

98 Heisler, John S., New Jersey. 

99 Helmershausen, Edwin A., East 

Maine. 

100 Hester, Francis A., South Eastern 

Indiana. 

101 Hibbard, Freeborn G., East Gen- 

esee. 

102 Hill, John B., California. 

103 Hines, Gustavus, Oregon. 

104 Hitchcock, Luke, Rock River. 

105 Hobart, Chauncey, Minnesota. 

106 Holliday, Fernando C. Southeast- 

ern Indiana. 

107 Holmes, Charles A., Iowa. 

108 Holmes, David N., Upper Iowa. 

109 Hopkins, Joseph H., Missouri and 

Arkansas. 

110 Hudson, Thomas B., East Genesee. 

111 Hudson, Thomas M., Pittsburgh. 

112 Hulburd, David P., Troy. 

113 Hunt, Sanford, Genesee. • 

114 Hunter, William H., Central Illi- 

nois. 

115 Huntington, De Witt ft, East 

Genesee. 

116 Hurlburt, Russell H., Erie. 



117 Ives, Benoni I., Oneida. 



J. 

118 Jasper, Orlando H, New Hamp 

shire. 

119 Jervis, Kasimir P., East Genesee. 

120 Jocelyn, George B., Detroit. 

K. 

121 Kendall, James, Cincinnati. 

122 Kennedy, Joseph F, North Ohio 

123 Kidder, Daniel P., Rock River. 



Alphabetical List of Delegates. 



124 KlGER, John, Indiana. 

125 Krehbiel, Jacob, Central German- 

126 Kuhl, Philip, Southwestern Ger- 

man. 

127 Kynett, Alpha J., Upper Iowa. 

L. 

128 Lamont, Daniel, Des Moines. 

129 Lanahan, John, Baltimore. 

130 Larew, Charles, Newark. 

131 Leaton, James, Illinois. 

132 Lindsay, John W., East Genesee. 

133 Locke, John W., Southeastern In- 

diana. 

134 Lowe, John W., Southern Illinois. 

135 Lowrey, Asbury, Cincinnati. 

136 Luce, Israel, Vermont. 

137 Lyda, AndreWj J., "West Vir- 

ginia. 

M. 

138 M'Clintock, John, New York. 

139 M'Combs, William, Philadelphia. 

140 M'Intyre, Daniel, Indiana. 

141 Mahin, Milton, North Indiana. 

142 Maltby, George W., Erie. 

143 Martin, Alexander, West Vir- 
ginia* 

144 Martin, Gideon, West Virginia. 

145 Mather, James, Providence. 

146 Mead, Nathaniel, New York East. 

147 Medsker, Jehu C, North Indiana. 

148 Meginnis, William, Indiana. 

149 Meredith, Samuel, Troy. 

150 Merrill, Stephen M., Ohio. 

151 Miller, Hiram, Pittsburgh. 

152 Miller, Wesson G., Wisconsin. 

153 Mitchell, Bennett, Des Moines. 

154 Mitchell, Daniel P., Kansas. 

155 Mitchell, Thompson, East Balti- 

more. 

156 Moore, Jesse H., Illinois. 

157 Morgan, Nicholas J. B., Balti- 

more. 

158 Morrell, Francis A., New Jersey. 

159 Morrison, Andrew B., Southern 

Illinois. 

160 Mulfinger. George L, Northwest- 

ern German. 

161 Munger, Charles, Maine. 

162 Murpht, Thomas C, Philadelphia. 



N. 

163 Nast, William, Central German. 

164 Nelson, Reuben, Wyoming. 

165 Nesbit, Samuel H., Pittsburgh. 

O. 

166 Olin, William H., Oneida. 

167 Osbon, Abiathar M., New York. 

168 Owens, Cadwallader H., North 

Ohio. 

P. 

169 Paddock, Zechariah, Wyoming. 

170 Pattison, Robert H., Philadelphia. 

171 Pease, Hart F., New York East. 

172 Peate, John, Erie. 

173 Peck, George, Wyoming. 

174 Peck, Jesse T., Troy. 

175 Pershing, Israel C, Pittsburgh. 

176 Phelps, Arza J., Black River. 

177 Pike, James, New Hampshire. 

178 Pillsbury, Caleb D., Wisconsin. 

179 Pilsbury, Benjamin, New York 

East. 

180 Porter, James, New England. 

181 Porter, John S., Newark. 

182 Porter, William, Ohio. 

183 Power, John H., Iowa, 

Q. 

184 Queal, Luke O, Oneida. 

R. 

185 Rawlins, Benjamin F., Indiana. 

186 Ray, Putnam P., Vermont. 

187 Reddy, William, Oneida. 

188 Reed, Henry W., Upper Iowa. 

189 Reed, Joseph O, Northwest In- 

diana. 

190 Redd, John M., East Genesee. 

191 Rhodes, Pearce T., Central Illinois. 

192 Ritchie, Henderson, Central Illi- 

nois. 

193 Robinson, Rodman H.. Troy. 

194 Ross, John W., California. 

195 Rothweiler, Jacob, Central Ger- 

man. 

196 Rutledge, William J., Illinois. 

S. 

197 Schuler, Frederic, Northwestern 

German. 



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Alphabetical List of Delegates. 



198 Sherman, David, New England. 

199 Schreck, "William, Southwestern 

German. 

200 Shumate, Nathan, Missouri and 

Arkansas. 

201 Slicer, Henry, East Baltimore. 

202 Smith, John L., Northwest Indiana. 

203 Smith, Vaughan, Philadelphia. 

204 Spahr, Barzillai N., Ohio. 

205 Spottswood, "Wilson L., East Bal- 

timore. 

206 Steele, George M., "Wisconsin. 

207 Stokes, Elwood H., New Jersey. 

208 Swahlen, John, Eastern German- 



209 Talbot, Micah J., Providence. 

210 Taylor, George, New York East. 

211 Thayer, Lorenzo R., New En- 

gland. 

212 Torsey, Henry P., Maine. 

213 Trimble, Joseph M., Ohio. 



214 Vancleve, Crook S., Newark. 



215 Vansant, Samtjel, New Jersey. 

216 Vernon, Leroy M., Missouri and 

Arkansas. 

W. 

217 Wakeley, Joseph B., New York. 

218 Walden, John M., CincinnatL 

219 Waring, Edmund H., Iowa. 

220 "Wells. "Wesley J., Central Ohio. 

221 "Wentworth, Erastus, Troy. 

222 Wentworth, John B., Genesee. 

223 Wheeler, Alfred, North Ohio. 

224 Wiley, Isaac "W, Newark. 

225 "Williams, William G., Central 

Ohio. 

226 Winner, Isaac, New Jersey. 

227 "Wise, Daniel, Providence. 

228 "Wood, Aaron, Northwest Indiana. 

229 "Woodruff, George W., New York 

East. 

230 "Wright, Benjamin S., Black River. 



231 Young, William, Cincinnati. 



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ALPHABETICAL LIST OF RESERVE DELEGATES. 



1 Anderson, Joseph, Wisconsin. 

B. 

2 Ballard, Aaron E., New Jersey. 

3 Bangs, Heman, New York East. 

4 Barkdull, Thomas, North Ohio. 

5 Bixby, William, Oneida. 

6 Rlack, William H., Kentucky. 

7 Blakeney, James B., W r est Vir- 

ginia. 

8 Breunig, George A., Central Ger- 

man. 

9 Brice, Alexander L., Newark. 

10 Brooks, David, Minnesota . 

11 Brown, John N, East Genesee. 

12 Brown, Stephen D., New York. 

13 Brush, George W., Ohio. 

14 Burdick, Chester F., Troy. 



C. 

15 Call, Samuel, Black River. 

16 Cartwright, Barton H., Rock 

River. 

17 Chalfant, James F., Cincinnati. 

18 Chaplain, John F., Philadelphia. 

19 Clements, Samuel, Detroit. 

20 Cowles, William F., Iowa. 

21 Crawford, Morris D'C, New York, 

22 Cummings, Joseph, New England. 

D. 

23 Deens, James L., Pittsburgh. 

24 De Puy, William H., Genesee. 

25 Dobbins, Joseph B., New Jersey. 

26 Dorchester, Daniel, New En- 

gland. 

27 Dunn, Charles B., East Maine. 

28 Dustin, Mighil, Cincinnati. 



Alphabetical List of Reserve Delegates. 



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E. 

29 Edwards, "William B., Baltimore. 

30 Ela, David H., Providence. 

31 Evans, Francis "W, Iowa. 



32 Fisher, Hugh D., Kansas. 

33 Fleming, Eli M. H., Des Moines. 

34 Foote, John B., Black River. 

35 Fry, Benjamin St. James, Missouri 

and Arkansas. 

G. 

36 Gibson, Otis, Black River. 

37 Godfrey, Samuel, Northwest In- 

diana. 

38 Graham, John, Erie. 

39 Grumley, Edward S., "Wisconsin. 

40 Guernsey, Joseph "W., New Hamp- 

shire. 

H. 

41 Hackney, Charles P., Northwest 

Wisconsin. 

42 Hamlin, Benjamin B., East Balti- 

more. 

43 Harden, "William, East Baltimore. 

44 Harford, Robert L., Kansas. 

45 Hill, James, Indiana. 

46 Htlliard, Stacy "W., Newark. 

47 Hoag, Ephraim, Oneida. 

48 Houghton, Horatio W\, Upper 

Iowa. 

49 Houts, Thomas F., Southern Illi- 

nois. 

50 Howard, Solomon, Ohio. 

51 Huffman, Samuel, Missouri and 

Arkansas. 

52 Hull, John, Northwest Indiana. 

53 Hunt, Albert S., New York East. 



54 Irwin, John L., West Virginia. 

J. 

55 Jacokes, Thos. H., Michigan. 

56 Jaques, Parker, Maine. 

57 Johnson, Edwin A., Erie. 

58 Jost, Casper, Eastern German. 



59 Kellogg, Israel H, East Genesee. 

60 Kenney, Pardon T., Providence. 

61 King, Joseph -E., Troy. 

62 King, Lucius H., New Tork. 

63 Kinsley, Hiram, Erie. 

64 Koeneke, Henry F., Southwestern 

German. 

65 Kopp, Frederic, Northwestern Ger- 

man. 

L. 

66 Lemon, Orange V., North Indiana. 

67 Lemon, Thomas B., Nebraska. 

68 Loeber, Christian, Northwestern 

German. 

M. 

69 M'Allister, Wm., New York East. 

70 M'Cauley, James A., Baltimore. 

71 Malcolm, Wm. D., Yermont. 

72 Mather, Peter, Wisconsin. 

73 Monson, Lonson W., North Indiana. 

74 Munsell, Oliver S., Central Blinois. 

N. 

75 Nuhfer, Nicholas, Central German. 

76 Nutt, Cyrus, Indiana. 



77 Peck, Jonathan K, Wyoming. 

78 Penfeeld, Henry, Michigan. 

79 Pitner, Levi C, Illinois. 

R. 

80 Rich, Justus O., Minnesota. 

81 Ripley, Allen P., Genesee. 



82 Sherburne, Joseph A, Yermont. 

83 Shinn, Samson, Blinois. 

84 Smith, George, Detroit. 

85 SMith, Wm. M., Colorado. 

86 Smith, Young C, Wyoming. 

87 Stewart, Wm. F, Rock River. 

88 Stubbs, Robert S., New Hampshire. 

89 Stump, Jonathan "W., Nevada. 

90 Summers, Henry, Central Illinois. 



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Alphabetical List of Reserve Delegates. 



T. 

91 Thomas, Eleazar, California. 

92 Thomas, Samuel O, Wisconsin. 

93 Thomas, Samuel W., Philadelphia. 

94 Thompson, Thos. J., Philadelphia. 

95 Timken, Gerhard, Southwestern 

German. 

96 Truesdell, Charles G., Iowa. 

V. 

97 Van Cleve, John, Southern Illinois. 

W. 

98 Waller, Alton P., Oregon. 



99 Ward well, Lorenzo D., East 

Maine. 

100 Wetherbee, Seba F., Maine. 

101 Whiteman, Henry, North Ohio. 

102 Williams, John, Pittsburgh. 

103 Wilson, Thos. H., Central Ohio. 

104 Wood, Enoch G., Southeastern 

Indiana. 

105 Wright, John T., Oneida. 

106 Wykes, Joseph, Central Ohio. 

Y. 

107 Tocum, Elmore, West Wisconsin. 



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MISSION CONFERENCES. 



ALABAMA. 

John W. Talley. 

Reserve. ' 

Arad S. Lakin. 

DELAWARE. 

James Davis. 

Reserve. 

WlLMORE S. Elsey. 

GEORGIA. 

John W. Yarborough, 

Reserve. 

John H. Caldwell. 



GERMANY * SWIT- 
ZERLAND. 

No Represen've Elected, 



REPRESENTATIVES. 

HOLSTON. 

Thomas H. Pearne, 
William C. Daily. 

Reserve. 
Jesse A. Hyden. 

INDIA. 

John T. Gracey. 

LIBERIA. 

No Represen've Elected. 

MISSISSIPPI. 

John P. Newman. 

Reserve. 

Anthony Ross. 

SOUTH CAROLINA. 

T. Willard Lewis. 



Reserves. 

Alonzo Webster, 
Mansfield French. 

TENNESSEE. 

David Rutledge. 

Reserve. 

Henry Stevens. 

TEXAS. 

Joseph Welch. 

VIRGINIA & NORTH 
CAROLINA. 

John S. Mitchell. 

Reserve. 

James Mitchell. 

WASHINGTON. 

Benjamin Brown. 

Reserve. 
John P. Bowser. 



Mission Conferences — Representatives. 



13 



ALPHABETICAL LIST OF REPRESENTATIVES ELECTED 
BY MISSION CONFERENCES. 



REPRESENTATIVES. 

1 Brown, Benjamin, "Washington. 

2 Dailey' William C, Holston. 

3 Davis, James, Delaware. 

4 Gracet, John T., India. 

5 Lewis, T. Willard, South Carolina. 

6 Mitchell, John S., Virginia and 

North Carolina. 

7 Newman, John P., Mississippi. 

8 Pearne, Thomas H., Holston. 

9 Rutledge, David, Tennessee. 

10 Tallet, John W., Alabama. 

11 Welch, Joseph, Texas. 

12 Yarborough, John W., Georgia. 



RESERVES. 

1 Bowser, John P., Washington. 

2 Caldwell, John H., Georgia. 

3 Elset, Wilmore S., Delaware. 

4 French, Mansfield, South Caro- 

lina. 

5 Htden, Jesse A., Holston. 

6 Lakin, A. S., Alabama. 

7 Mitchell, James, Virginia and North 

Carolina. 

8 Ross, Anthony, Mississippi. 

9 Stevens, Henry, Tennessee. 

10 Webster, Alonzo, South Caro- 
lina. 



JOURNAL 



OF THE 



GENERAL CONFERENCE, 1868. 



FRIDAY MORNING, MAY 1. 

The Fifteenth Delegated General Conference 
of the Methodist Episcopal Church in the United 
States of America assembled in the First Methodist 
Episcopal Church, in the city of Chicago, Illinois, on 
the first day of May, Anno Domini eighteen hundred 
and sixty-eight. 

Bishops present, Thomas A. Morris, Edmund S. 
Janes, Levi Scott, Matthew Simpson, Edward R. 
Ames, Davis W. Clark, Edward Thomson, and 
Calvin Kingsley. 

At nine o'clock in the morning Bishop Morris called 
the Conference to order, and Bishop Scott introduced 
the opening religious services by reading the sixty-first 
chapter of Isaiah. Bishop Simpson then read the 
two hundred and third hymn. After the hymn had 
been sung, Peter Cartwright, of Illinois, led the devo- 
tions of the Conference in prayer. The religious 
services were continued by Bishop Ames, who read 
the thirteenth chapter of I Corinthians ; Bishop Clark 
announced the two hundred and thirty-seventh hymn, 
which having been sung, prayer was offered by George 
Peck, of the Wyoming Conference. 

The devotional exercises having been concluded, 
Bishop Morris inquired as to the further pleasure of 
the Conference ; whereupon Daniel Curry moved that 
W. L. Harris, the Secretary of the last General Con- 
ference, be invited forward to call the roll of con- 
ferences, receive the credentials of the delegates elect, 
and act as Secretary until an organization shall be 
effected. 



May 1. 

Fiest Day. 
Morning. 

General Confer- 
ence meets. 



Bishops present 



Bishop Morris 
calls the Con- 
ference to or- 
der. 

Opening relig- 
ious services. 



Secretary 
tempore. 



pro 



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[1868. 



May 1. 

First Dat. 
Morning. 

List of confer- 
ences. 

Baltimore. 



Black Eivbe. 



California. 



Central Ger- 
man. 



Central Illi- 
nois. 



Central Omo. 



Cincinnati. 



The motion prevailed; the list of conferences was 
called accordingly, and certificates of election were 
presented as follows, namely : 

Baltimore Conference. • 

John Lanahan, Nicholas J. B. Morgan, 

Samuel V. Blake. 

Black River Conference. 

Eli C. Bbuce, James Erwtn, 

Benjamin S. Weight, Aeza J. Phelps, 
John W. Aemsteong, Albeet E. Corse, 
Isaac S. Bingham. 

California Conference. 

John W. Ross, Adam Bland, 

John B. Hill. 

Central German Conference. 

William Nast, Jacob Rothwelleb, 

Jacob Krehbiel. 

Central Illinois Conference. 

Joseph S. Cummlng, Richard Haney, 

William H. Huntee, Hendeeson Ritchie, 
Pearce T. Rhodes. 

Central Ohio Conference. 

William L. Hareis, Wesley J. Wells, 

William G. Williams, Park S. Donelson. 

Cincinnati Conference. 

Asbuby Lowrey, William Young, 

James Kendall, John M. Walden, 

James Armstrong. 



Colorado. 



Colorado Conference. 
John L. Dyee. 



Deb Moints. 



Des Moines Conference. 



Bennett Mitchell, 



Daniel Lamont. 



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17 



Detroit Conference. 

Erastus O. Haven, Francis A. Blades, 

Benjamin F. Cocker, John M. Arnold, 
George B. Joceltn. 

East Baltimore Conference. 

Benjamin H. Crever, Thompson Mitchell, 
Wilson L. Spottswood, Thomas Barnhart, 
Joseph France, John H. C. Dosh, 

Henry Slicer. 

East G-enesee Conference. 

John W. Lindsay, Freeborn G. Hibbard, 

De Witt C. Huntington, John M. Reid, 
Thomas B. Hudson, Kasimir P. Jervis. 

Eastern German Conference. 
John Swahlen. 

East Maine Conference. 

Luther P. French, Seth H. Beale, 

E. A. Helmershausen. 

Erie Conference. 



William F. Day, 
George W. Maltby, 
Russell H. Hurlburt, 
Richard A. Caruthers, 



Edwin J. L. Baker, 
George W. Clarke, 
James Greer, 
John Peate. 



Genesee Conference. 

Thomas Carlton, Gilbert De La Matyr, 

John B. Wentwortii, Sanfoud Hunt. 

Illinois Conference. 

Peter Akers, Emmor Elliott, 

William J. Rutledge, Jesse H. Moore, 



James Leaton, 



Peter Caetwright. 



Indiana Conference. 



Daniel M'Intyre, 
Benjamin F. Raavlins, 



John Kiger, 
William Meginnis. 



May 1. 

First Vax. 
Morning. 
Detroit. 



East Balti- 
more. 



East Genesee. 



Eastern Gee- 
man. 



East Maine. 



Erie. 



Genesee. 



Illinois. 



Indiana. 



18 

May 1. 

First Day. 
Morning. 
Iowa. 



Kansas. 



Kentucky. 



Maine. 



Journal of the General Conference. [1868. 

Iowa Conference. 

Chables A. Holmes, John H. Power, 

Edmund IT. Waring. 

Kansas Conference. 
Daniel P. Mitchell, Werter R. Davis. 

Kentucky Conference. 
John C. Harrison, John G. Bruce. 

Maine Conference. 



Henry P. Torsey, 
Charles Hunger, 



Joseph Colby, 
Charles F. Allen. 



Michigan. 



Michigan Conference. 

Israel Cogshall, Riley C. Crawford, 

Francis B. Bangs, Horace Hall, 

Myron A. Daugherty. 



Minnesota. 



Missouri and 
Arkansas. 



Minnesota Conference. 

James F. Chaffee, Cyrus Brooks, 

Chauncey Hobart. 

Missouri and Arkansas Conference. 

Benjamin F. Crary, Leroy M. Vernon, 

William H. Gillam, Nathan Shumate, 

Joseph II. Hopkins. 



Nebraska. 



Nebraska Conference. 
Charles W. Giddings. 



Nevada. 



Nevada Conference. 
Albert N. Fisher. 



Newark. 



Newark Conference. 

Isaac W. Wiley, Crook S. Vancleve, 

Jonathan T. Crane, John S. Porter, 

Charles Larew. 



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New England Conference. 

Lorenzo R. Thayer, David Sherman, 
James Poetee, Gilbert Haven, 

William Butler, Jefferson Hascall, 

William R. Clark. 



]>Iay 1. 

FntST Day. 

Morning. 

New England. 



New Hampshire Conference. 

Lorenzo D. Barrows, George W. H. Clark, 
James Pike, Orlando H. Jasper 



New Hamp- 
shire. 



New Jersey Conference. 

Elwood H. Stokes, John S. Heisler, 

Samuel Vansant, Francis A. Morrell. 



New Jeeset. 



New York Conference. 

Randolph S. Foster, Alex'der H. Ferguson, 

William Goss, Abiathar M. Osbon, 

Paul R. Brown, William H. Ferris, 

Joseph B. Wakelet, John M'Clintock. 



New Toek. 



New York East Conference. 

Daniel Curry, George Taylor, 

George W. Woodruff, Hart F. Pease, 
Benjamin Pilsbury, Nathaniel Mead. 



New York 
East. 



North Indiana Conference. 

Thomas Bowman, William H. Goode, 

Milton Mahin, Jehu C. Medsker. 



North Indi- 
ana. 



North Ohio Conference. 

William D. Godman, Cadwall'r H. Owens, 
Alfred Wheeler, Joseph F. Kennedy. 

Northwestern German Conference. 
George Mulfinger, Frederic Schuler. 



North Ohio. 



Northweste'n 
German. 



Northwest Indiana Conference. 

Joseph C. Reed, Aaron Wood, 

William Graham, John L. Smith. 



Northwest 
Indiana. 



20 

IMay 1. 

First Day 

Morning. 

Northwest 

AVlSCONSIN. 

Ohio. 



Journal of the General Conference. 



[1868. 



Oneida. 



Oebgon. 



Philadelphia. 



Pittsburgh. 



Providence. 



Rock River. 



Northwest "Wisconsin Conference. 
Thomas M. Fullerton. 

Ohio Conference. 

Stephen M. Merrill, Barzillai N. Spahr, 
John Dillon, William Porter, 

Joseph M. Trimble. 

Oneida Conference. 

Benoni I. Ives, William H. Olin, 

William N. Cobb, Luke C. Queal, 

Albert S. Graves, William Reddy. 

Oregon Conference. 
Gustavus Hines, Henry C. Benson. 

Philadelphia Conference. 
John P. Durbin, Goldsmith D. Carrow, 



Joseph Castle, 
James Cunningham, 
William L. Gray, 



William M'Combs, 
Vaughan Smith, 
Robert H. Pattison, 



Thomas C. Murphy. 

Pittsburgh Conference. 

Samuel H. Nesbit, Orville N. Hartshorn, 

Thomas M. Hudson, Israel C. Pershing, 

David L. Dempsey, Andrew J. Endsley, 

Hiram Miller. 

Providence Conference. 

Samuel C. Brown, James Mather, 

Daniel Wise, 



Micah J. Talbot. 



Southeastern 
Indiana. 



Rock River Conference. 

Luke Hitchcock, Daniel -P. Kidder, 

Erasmus Q. Fuller, James Baume, 

Richard A. Blanchard, Thomas M. Eddy. 

Southeastern Indiana Conference. 

Francis A. Hester, John W. Locke, 

Fernando C. Holliday. 



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21 



Southern Illinois Conference. 

Thomas A. Eaton, James B. Corrington, 

Andrew B. Morrison, John W. Lowe. 

Southwestern German Conference. 

Philip Kuhl, Heney Fiegenbaum, 

William Sheeck. 

Troy Conference. 

William R. Brown, John E. Bowek, 

Samuel Meredith, Rodman II. Robinson, 

Jesse T. Peck, David P. Hulbued, 

Erastus Wentwoeth. 

Upper Iowa Conference. 

Alpha J. Kynett, Heney W. Reed, 

William Brush, Daniel N. Holmes. 

Vermont Conference. 



Bennett Eaton, 
Putnam P. Ray, 



Alanson L. Cooper, 
Israel Luce. 



May 1. 

FlKST DAT. 

Hominr;. 
Southern Il- 
linois. 



Southwestern 
German. 



Teot. 



Uppee Iowa. 



Vermont 



WestVikgixia. 



West "Wis- 
consin. 



Wisconsin. 



West Virginia Conference. 

Andrew J. Lyda, Gideon Martin, 

Alexander Martin. 

West Wisconsin Conference. 
Alfred Brunson, Richard Dudgeon. 

Wisconsin Conference. 

George M. Steele, Samuel Fallows, 

Wesson G. Miller, Henry Bannister, 

Caleb D. Pillsbuey. 

Wyoming Conference. 

Reuben Nelson, Zechariah Paddock, 

Geoege Peck, Horatio R. Clarke. 



After the certificates of these elections were read, Ee *2 rT j ss Aa_ 
John Lanahan stated that N". J. B. Morgan, of the 
Baltimore Conference, could not be present on account 



Wyoming. 



09. 



Journal of the General Conference. 



[1S68. 



~S1 ay 1. 

Fiest Day. 

Morning. 

W. B. Edwards. 

B. St. J. Fry. 



J. B. Dobbins. 



of sickness ; and William B. Edwards, a reserve of 
that Conference, was admitted to a seat in his stead. 

B. F. Crary, of the Missouri and Arkansas Confer- 
ence, stated that William H. Gillem, had not yet 
arrived, and Benjamin St. James Fry, a reserve from 
that Conference, was admitted to a seat in his stead. 

E. H. Stokes stated that Isaac Winner, of the New 
Jersey Conference, was detained at home by sickness ; 
and Joseph B. Dobbins, a reserve from that Confer- 
ence, was admitted to a seat in his stead. 

William P. Brown stated that Samuel Meredith 
and Erastus Wentworth, delegates elect from the Troy 
Conference, were absent, and Chester F. Burdick and 
Joseph E. King, reserves of that Conference, were ad- 
mitted to seats in their stead. 

The President announced that a quorum of the 
General Conference was present, and the Conference 
proceeded to business. 

On motion of Thomas Carlton, William L. Harris 
was elected Secretary by acclamation. 

After several nominations had been made for a first 
Assistant Secretary, on motion of R. S. Foster it was 
agreed to elect three Assistant Secretaries by ballot, 
and that the three receiving the greatest number of 
votes shall be the said assistants in the order of their 
votes ; provided always, that at least one third of the 
votes cast shall be necessary to a choice. 

The President appointed D. P. Kidder, J. W. Lind- 
say, and C. F. Allen, tellers, to collect the ballots, re- 
tire and count the votes, and report the result to the 
Conference. 

On motion of T. M. Eddy, the time of meeting daily 
was fixed at nine o'clock A. M., and the time of ad- 
journment at twelve M. 

On motion of J. M. Trimble, the following resolu- 
tion was adopted, namely : 

Eules of Order. Besolved, That the Rules of Order governing the General Confer- 
ence of 1864 be the Rules by which this Conference will be gov- 
erned until otherwise ordered. 



C. F. Burdick. 
J. E. King. 



Quorum pres- 
ent. 



Secretary elect- 
ed. 



Assistant Secre- 
taries. 



Tellers 



Meetings and 
adjournment. 



On motion of the Secretary, the following resolutions 
were adopted as the order of the Conference till other- 
wise provided, namely : 



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Journal of the General Conference. 



23 



Resolved, 1. That all Committees reporting changes of Discipline 
shall recite not only the page, part, chapter, section, and line pro- 
posed to be amended, but also the amended paragraph complete. 

Resolved, 2. That Committees be and are hereby directed to fur- 
nish duplicates of their reports; and persons offering resolutions 
are required to furnish duplicates of the same. 

Resolved, 3. That each member of this body presenting memorials, 
petitions, and other papers for reference, shall prepare the paper by 
writing in a plain hand on the back of it the following items, in the 
following order, namely : 

(1) Name of the member presenting the paper. 

(2) Conference from which it comes. 

(3) Pastoral Charge of the Conference sending it. 

(4) Subject to which it relates. 

(5) First name on the petition. 

(6) Number of petitioners. 

(7) The Committee to which he desires it referred. 

Papers thus presented, if no objection be made, shall be referred 
as indicated without a vote of the Conference. 

Resolved, 4 That every motion, report, and communication to the 
General Conference being first reduced to writing shall be passed to 
the Secretary, to be by him read to the Conference, unless the Con- 
ference shall, when such paper is offered, request the proposer of 
the paper to read it to the Conference. 

Resolved, 5. That at the close of the call for petitions, memorials, 
and appeals, the roll of Conferences be called for the presentation 
of miscellaneous business. 



May 1. 

Fibst Day. 

Morning. 

How to report 
cli angos of the 
Discipline. 

Duplicates to be 
furnished. 

Presenting peti- 
tions, memo- 
rials, etc. 



Papers referred 
without vote. 

Secretary to 
read all pa- 
pers, etc. 



Call of Confer- 
ences for mis- 
cellaneous bus- 
iness. 



On motion of F. A. Hester, Conference ordered a 
special Committee of Seven on Rules of Order. 

On motion of H. C. Benson, it was agreed that 
when Conference adjourn it adjourn to meet again at 
half past two o'clock this afternoon. 

The Book Agents announced the publication of a 
Daily Christian Advocate during the session of the 
Conference ; and they were requested to place copies 
for the members of the several delegations each morn- 
ing in the pews occupied by them respectively. 

On motion of T. M. Eddy, the Presiding Elders and 
Pastors of this city and Evanston were appointed a 
Committee on Public Worship. 

R. S. Foster presented the certificate of the election 
of John P. Newman as a representative from the Missis- 
sippi Mission Conference, and then moved that the 
whole subject of representation of Mission Conferences 
in this body be referred to a Special Committee of 
seven members. 

Pending this motion, John M. Reid offered the 
following preamble and resolutions, as a substitute for 
the motion before the Conference, namely : 



Rules of Order, 
Committee on. 



Adjourn tomeet 
at .half past two 
o'clock P. SI. 



Daily Christian 
Advocate 
supplied to 
members. 



Committee on 
Public Wor- 
ship. 



Representation 
from Mission 
Conferences. 



R. S. Foster's 
motion. 



J. M. Reid's 
substitute. 



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[1S68. 



May 1. 

First Day. 
Morning. 



Eeid's substi- 
tute laid on 
the table, and 
afterward re- 
ferred. 



Committee in- 
structed to re- 
port. 



Standing Com- 
mittees or- 
dered. 



Wliereas there exist at the present time in the southern part of 
our country several Annual Conferences, created by authority of 
the last General Conference, and known or supposed to be known 
as Mission Conferences ; and 

Wliereas these Conferences have had great and unanticipated 
success, now numbering in the aggregate over four hundred and 
fifty preachers, and one hundred and fifteen thousand members ; and 

Whereas it is the judgment of this General Conference that so 
considerable a portion of the "Methodist Episcopal Church in the 
United States of America " should not be unrepresented in this 
body ; and 

Whereas we shall greatly need the aid and counsel of brethren 
from that portion of the work in forming plans for greater and more 
extended usefulness in that portion of the Master's vineyard where 
the promise is so glorious ; and 

Whereas these Annual Conferences have sent to the seat of this 
session chosen brethren under the title of "representatives," in 
whose choice the modes and ratio of delegates to this body were 
observed, who, although conceding that they have no right by vir- 
tue of their mere election to claim a seat in this body, were yet 
provisionally elected in the manifest hope that their respective Con- 
ferences would be fully recognized, and they admitted as delegates ; 
therefore 

Resolved, That this General Conference hereby recognize as 
Annual Conferences, with full powers, the following Conferences, 
namely : Alabama, Delaware, Georgia, Holston, Mississippi, South 
Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and North Carolina, and 
Washington. 

After some discussion, on motion of Asbury Lowrey, 
the substitute was laid on the table, and the original 
motion prevailed. 

The substitute was then taken from the table, and 
referred to the committee thus ordered. 

J. M. lleid moved that the Committee be instructed 
to report to-morrow morning. An amendment was 
made adding the words " if practicable," and the 
motion prevailed. 

J. M. Trimble offered a resolution providing for the 
appointment of standing committees. 

On motion of A. J. Kynett, there were added to the 
list recited in the resolution the names, " Church Ex- 
tension," "State of the Church," and "Freedmen." 
The resolution was further amended by providing 
that the Chairman and Secretaries of the several Com- 
mittees shall be elected by ballot, and that on all except 
that of Appeals nine members shall constitute a 
quorum. It was then adopted as follows, namely : 

Resolved, That the following standing committees be appointed, 
consisting of one from each Annual Conference, to be nominated by 
the delegations respectively, and elected by the Conference ; each 
Committee, except that on Appeals, thus constituted shall choose 



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its own Chairman and Secretary by ballot, namely : Episcopacy, -May 1. 
Itinerancy, Boundaries, Book Concern, Missions, Education, Revi- Fikst Day. 
sals, Sunday-schools and Tracts, Lay Representation, Court of Morning. 
Appeals, Church Extension, State of the Church, and Freedmen ; 
and, on all except the Committee on Appeals, nine members shall 
constitute a quorum. 

Reuben Nelson submitted the following resolution, 
which was, on motion, referred to the Committee on 
Rules of Order, namely : 

Resolved, That the action of the last General Conference in rela- 
tion to the Committee to try Appeals be adopted by this Conference. 

The tellers appointed to canvass the votes for Assist- Assistant Secre- 

1 L tanes elected. 

ant Secretaries reported that the whole number of 
votes cast was two hundred and twenty-four ; neces- 
sary to a choice under the special order, seventy-five. 
George W. WoodrmT received one hundred and forty- 
six, and R. H. Pattison ninety-eight, and they were 
declared elected. 

Daniel Curry moved that the one who had received 
the next highest number of votes be elected the third 
Assistant Secretary. This motion was carried, when 
the President announced that E. H. Waring had re- 
ceived sixty-six votes, and was, in pursuance of the 
foregoing action, the third Assistant Secretary. 

On motion of H. R. Clarke, the following resolution 
was adopted, namely : 

Resolved, That when the standing committees are organized, the Standing Com- 
Chairman shall see that a notice of the times and places of meeting notice 8 t Vim 
be published in the Daily Advocate. ' an ,l pi ace „f 

meeting. 

On motion of I. S. Bingham, the Conference ordered special com- 

, „ ,, . . , .~ . . r. mittees or- 

the following special Committees to consist ox seven dered. 
members each, to wit: on the American Bible Society, 
the Pastoral Address, on Temperance, and on Ex- 
penses of Delegates. 

The President announced the following Committee Committees on 

~ Representation 

on the matter of admitting the Representatives from £«m Mission 

/-i • Ti n ti T Conferences. 

the Mission Conferences, to wit: K. S. Foster, J. M. 
Reid, E. O. Haven, D. Curry, J. Lanahan, J. G. Bruce, 
and L. Hitchcock. 

On motion of William H. Hunter, a committee of Scandinavian 

7 Work. 

seven on the Scandinavian work was ordered. 

On motion of J. E. King, a committee of nine was state of the s*- 
ordered on the State of the Country. 



26 Journal of the General Conference. [1868. 

]May l. J. T. Crane called the attention of the Conference 

F j/ ST !^ AT ^° tne American Colonization Society, and proposed 
Colonization the appointment of a committee in relation thereto, 
Society. when, on motion of T. M. Eddy, the subject was re- 

ferred to the standing Committee on Freedmen. 
Peaman-s q u mo tion of George W. Woodruff, a committee of 

five on the Seaman's Friend Society was ordered. 

Brother Hamilton, an official member of the First 
Methodist Episcopal Church, was requested to inquire 
whether some means can be adopted by which the 
noise in the streets contiguous to this Conference room 
may be deadened. 
American and On motion of A. J. Kynett, a committee of seven 

Foreten Chris- . ' . ' . . - . 

tian Union. on the American and Foreign Christian Union was 

ordered. 
Secretary may -j 1 ]^ S ecre tary was authorized to employ such assist- 

einiiluy assist- J r j 

ance to engross ance as he may deem necessary to engross the pro- 

the Journal. t J • ' « 

ceedings of the General Conference, and is allowed 
to use his own discretion as to the time of such en- 
grossing. 
B edittteJma> ^ n mot i° n °f Reuben Nelson, the Secretary was 
nal - appointed Editor of the Journal of the General Con- 

ference. 

On motion, the Conference adjourned. 
After the Doxology was sung, prayer was offered 
by Alfred Branson, 



Aftemo™. FRIDAY AFTERNOON, MAY I, 

The Conference assembled at half past two o'clock, 
the hour to which it had adjourned, Bishop Scott in 
the chair. 

The usual religious services were conducted by 
Jesse T. Peck, of the Troy Conference. 

The roll of Conference was called ; after which the 
Journal of the morning session was read and approved. 

I. S. Bingham moved that the bar of the Conference 
be a line indicated by the iron pillars of the gallery, 
and that all pews, a part of which is within such line, 
shall be considered within the bar ; but the motion was 
laid on the table by a vote of eighty-five to eighty. 

On motion, it was ordered that the middle door to 



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Journal of the General Conference. 



27 



the audience room be locked during the sessions of the 
Conference. 

On motion of Daniel Curry, the several representa- 
tives elected by the Mission Conferences, who have 
not handed in their certificates of election, were re- 
quested to give them to the Chairman of the Special 
Committee on Representation from Mission Con- 
ferences. 

W. H. Goode offered the following resolution, which 
was adopted, namely : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Public "Worship be requested to 
provide for holding a prayer-meeting at eight o'clock each morning 
during the session of this Conference, and that the members be re- 
quested, as far as practicable, to attend the same. 

V 

On motion of A. J. Kynett, the Conference pro- 
ceeded to the appointment of the several standing 
committees ordered this morning, and the nomina- 
tions of the several delegations were confirmed by the 
Conference, as follows, namely : 



May 1. 

First Day. 
Afternoon. 



COMMITTEE ON EPISCOPACY. 



Episcopacy. 



J. Lanahan, 
James Erwin, 
A. Bland, 
J. Krehbiel, 
W. H. Hunter, 
W. L. Harris, 

A. Lowrey, 
J. L. Dyer, 

B. Mitchell, 
F. A. Blades, 
H. Sheer, 

J. W. Lindsay, 

J. Swahlen, 

E. A. Helmershausen, 

E. J. L. Baker, 

Thomas Carlton, 

Peter Akers, 

John Kiger, 

C. A. Holmes, 
W. R. Davis, 
J. C. Harrison, 



Baltimore. 

Black River. 

California. 

Central German. 

Central Illinois. 

Central Ohio. 

Cincinnati. 

Colorado. 

Des Moines. 

Detroit. 

East Baltimore. 

East Genesee. 

Eastern German. 

East Maine. 

Erie. 

Genesee. 

Illinois. 

Indiana. 

Iowa. 

Kansas. 

Kentucky. 



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[1868. 



May 1. 

Fiest Day. 

Afternoon. 



Jos. Colby, 

I. Cogshall, 
C. Brooks, 
N. Shumate, 

C. W. Giddings, 

A. N. Fisher, 
J. S. Porter, 
L. R. Thayer, 
L. D. Barrows, 

F. A. Morrell, 
R. S. Foster, 
Daniel Curry, 
W. H. Goode, 
W. D. Godmau, 

G. L. Mulfinger, 
Aaron Wood, 
T. M. Fullerton, 
J. M. Trimble, 

B. I. Ives, 

II. C. Benson, 
Jos. Castle, 
Thomas M. Hudson, 
S. C. Brown, 

L. Hitchcock, 
F. A. Hester, 
J. B. Corrington, 
P. Kuhl, 
W. R. Brown, 
II. W. Reed, 
B. Eaton, 
A. J. Lyda, 
R. Dudgeon, 
George M. Steele, 
George Peck, 



Maine. 

Michigan. 

Minnesota. 

Missouri. 

Nebraska. 

Nevada. 

Newark. 

New England. 

New Hampshire. 

New Jersey. 

New York. 

New York East. 

North Indiana. 

North Ohio. 

Northwestern German. 

Northwest Indiana. 

Northwest Wisconsin. 

Ohio. 

Oneida. 

Oregon. 

Philadelphia. 

Pittsburgh. 

Providence. 

Rock River. 

Southeastern Indiana. 

Southern Illinois. 

Southwestern German. 

Troy. 

Upper Iowa. 

Vermont. 

West Virginia. 

West Wisconsin. 

Wisconsin. 

Wyoming. 



Itinerancy. 



COMMITTEE 

W. B. Edwards, 
I. S. Bingham, 
J. B. Hill, 
Jacob Rothweiler, 
Henderson Ritchie, 
Park S. Donelson, 



ON ITINERANCY. 

Baltimore. 
Black River. 
California. 
Central German. 
Central Illinois. 
Central Ohio. 



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29 



James Kendall, 
J. L. Dyer, 
Daniel Lamont, 

B. F. Cocker, 
John H. C. Dosh, 
F. G. Hibbard, 
John Swahlen, 
S. H. Beale, 
William F. Day, 
J. B. Wentworth, 
E. Elliott, 
William Meginnis, 
E. H. Waring, 
D. P. Mitchell, 
A. G. Bruce, 

C. F. Allen, 
R. C. Crawford, 
J. F. Chaffee, 
L. M. Vernon, 
Chas. W. Giddings, 

A. W. Fisher, 
C. S. Vancleve, 
J. Hascall, 
W. H. Clark, 
S. Vansant, 
J. B. Wakeley, 
George W. Woodruff, 
Milton Mahin, 
C. H. Owens, 

F. Schuler, 
Jos. C. Reed, 
T. M. Fullerton, 

B. N. Spahr, 
William H. Olin, 

G. Hines, 
G. D. Carrow, 
S. H. Nesbit. 
M. J. Talbot, 

E. Q. Fuller, 
J. W. Locke, 
T. A. Eaton, 

F. Fiegenbaum, 



Cincinnati. 

Colorado. 

Des Moines. 

Detroit. 

East Baltimore. 

East Genesee. 

Eastern German. 

East Maine. 

Erie. 

Geuesee. 

Illinois. 

Indiaua. 

Iowa. 

Kansas. 

Kentucky. 

Maine. 

Michigan. 

Minnesota. 

Missouri. 

Nebraska. 

Nevada. 

Newark. 

New England. 

New Hampshire. 

New Jersey. 

New York. 

New York East. 

North Indiana. 

North Ohio. 

Northwestern German. 

Northwest Indiana. 

Northwest Wisconsin. 

Ohio. 

Oneida. 

Oregon. 

Philadelphia. 



M.ay 1. 

Fikst Day 
Afternoon. 



Pittsburgh. 
Providence. 
Rock River. 
Southeastern Indiana. 
Southern Illinois. 
Southwestern German. 



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[1868. 



May 1. 


J. T. Peck, 


Troy. 


First Day. 
Afternoon. 


William Brush, 


Upper Iowa. 




Israel Luce, 


Vermont. 




A. Martin, 


West Virginia. 




Alfred Bruuson, 


West Wisconsin 




W. G. Miller, 


Wisconsin. 




R. Nelson, 


Wyoming. 


Boundaries. 


COMMITTEE 


ON BOUNDARIES. 




S. V. Blake, 


Baltimore. 




A. E. Corse, 


Black River. 




A. Bland, 


California. 




J. Krehbiel, 


Central German. 




R. Haney, 


Central Illinois. 




W. J. Wells, 


Central Ohio. 




W. Young, 


Cincinnati. 




J. L. Dyer, 


Colorado. 




B. Mitchell, 


Des Moines. 




George B. Jocelyn, 


Detroit. 




B. H. Crever, 


East Baltimore. 




T. B. Hudson, 


East Genesee. 




L. P. French, 


East Maine. 




J. Swahlen, 


Eastern German. 




R. A. Caruthers, 


Erie. 




S. Hunt, 


Genesee. 




P. Cartwright, 


Illinois. 




B. F. Rawlins, 


Indiana. 




E. H. Waring, 


Iowa. 




W. R. Davis, 


Kansas. 




J. C. Harrison, 


Kentucky. 




C. Munger, 


Maine. 




M. A. Dangherty, 


Michigan. 




C. Hobart, 


Minnesota. 




J. H. Hopkins, 


Missouri. 




C. W. Giddings, 


Nebraska. 




A. N. Fisher, 


Nevada. 




J. S. Porter, 


Newark. 




G. Haven, 


New England. 




0. H. Jasper, 


New Hampshire. 




E. H. Stokes, 


New Jersey. 




A. M. Osbon, 


New York. 




H. F. Pease, 


New York East. 



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31 



M. Mahin, 

J. F. Kennedy, 


North Indiana. 
North Ohio. 


May 1. 

First Day. 
Afternoon. 


F. Schuler, 


Northwestern German. 




J. L. Smith, 


Northwest Indiana. 




T. M. Fullerton, 


Northwest Wisconsin. 




John Dillon, 


Ohio. 




L. C. Queal, 


Oneida. 




H. C. Benson, 


Oregon. 




W. L. Gray, 


Philadelphia. 




D. L. Dempsey, 


Pittsburgh. 




S. C. Brown, ' 


Providence. 




R. A. Blan chard, 


Rock River. 


■ 


F. C. Holliday, 


Southeastern Indiana. 




J. B. Corrington, 


Southern Illinois. 




H. Fiegenbaum, 


Southwestern German. 




D. P. Hulburd, 


Troy. 




D. N. Holmes, 


Upper Iowa. 




P. P. Ray, 


Vermont. 




G. Martin, 


West Virginia. 




A. Branson, 


West Wisconsin. 




C. D. Pillsbury, 


Wisconsin. 




H. R. Clarke, 


Wyoming. 




COMMITTEE ON 


THE BOOK CONCERN". 


Book Concern. 


W. B. Edwards, 


Baltimore. 




A. J. Phelps, 


Black River. 




J. W. Ross, 


California. 




W. Nast, 


Central German. 




P. T. Rhodes, 


Central Illinois. 




W. G. Williams, 


Central Ohio. 




J. M. Walden, 


Cincinnati. 




J. L. Dyer, 


Colorado. 




D. Lamont, 


Des Moines. 




J. M. Arnold, 


Detroit. 




J. France, 


East Baltimore. 




D. W. C. Huntington, East Genesee. 




J. S wah 1 en, 


Eastern German. 




L. P. French, 


East Maine. 




G. W. Maltby, 


Erie. 




G. De La Matyr, 


Genesee. 




J. H. Moore, 


Illinois. 




J. Kiger, 


Indiana. 





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[1868. 



IVlay 1. 


J. II. Power, 


Iowa. 


First Day. 


D. P. Mitchell, 


Kansas. 


Afternoon. 


7 

J. G. Bruce, 


Kentucky. 




H. P. Torsey, 


Maine. 




I. Cogshall, 


Michigan. 




J. F. Chaffee, 


Minnesota. 




L. M. Vernon, 


Missouri. 




C. W. Girldings, 


Nebraska. 




A. N. Fisher, 


Nevada. 




I. W. Wiley, 


Newark. 




D. Sherman, 


New England. 




J. Pike, 


New Hampshire. 




J. B. Dobbins, 


New Jersey. 




A. H. Ferguson, 


New York. 




G. Taylor, 


New York East. 




J. C. Medsker, 


North Indiana. 




W. D. Godman, 


North Ohio. 




G. L. Mulfinger, 


Northwestern German 




W. Graham, 


Northwest Indiana. 




T. M. Fullerton, 


Northwest Wisconsin. 




J. Dillon, 


Ohio. 




W. Reddy, 


Oneida. 


' 


H. C. Benson, 


Oregon. 




J. Cunningham, 


Philadelphia. 




I. C. Pershing, 


Pittsburgh. 




A. Mather, 


Providence. 




E. Q. Fuller, 


Rock River. 




F. C. Plolliday, 


Southeastern Indiana. 




A. B. Morrison, 


Southern Illinois. 




W. Shreck, 


Southwestern German. 




R. H. Robinson, 


Troy. 




H. TV. Reed, 


Upper Iowa. 




A. L. Cooper, 


Vermont. 




A. Martin, 


West Virginia. 


- 


A. Branson, 


West Wisconsin. 




S. Fallows, 


Wisconsin. 




H. R. Clarke, 


Wyoming. 


Missions. 


COMMITTEE 


ON MISSIONS. 




J. Lanahan, 


Baltimore. 




A. J. Phelps, 


Black River. 




J. B. Hill, 


California. 



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33 



J. Rothweiler, 
Joseph S. dimming, 
W. L. Harris, 
J. M. Walden, 
J. L. Dyer, 
B. Mitchell, 
E. O. Haven, 
Thomas Barnhart, 
J. M. Reid, 
J. Swahlen, 
S. H. Beale, 
George W. Clarke, 
Thomas Carlton, 
James Leaton, 

B. F. Rawlins, 
J. H. Power, 
D. P. Mitchell, 
J. C. Harrison, 
Joseph Colby, 
Horace Hall, 

C. Hobart, 
N. Shumate, 

C. W. Gid dings, 
A. 1ST. Fisher, 
I. W. Wiley, 
William Butler, 
Geo. W. H. Clark, 
J. S. Ileisler, 
William Goss, 
Daniel Curry, 
W. H. Goode, 

C. H. Owens, 
Geo. L. Mulfinger, 
A. Wood, 

T. M. Fullerton, 
J. M. Trimble, 
W. Reddy, 
G. Hines, 
J. P. Durbin, 

D. L. Dempsey, 
James Mather, 
James Baume, 



Central German. 
Central Illinois. 
Central Ohio. 
Cincinnati. 
Colorado. 
Des Moines. 
Detroit. 
East Baltimore. 
East Genesee. 
Eastern German. 
East Maine. 
Erie. 
Genesee. 
Illinois. 
Indiana. 
Iowa. 
Kansas. 
Kentucky. 
Maine. 
Michigan. 
Minnesota 
Missouri. 
Nebraska. 
Nevada. 
Newark. 
New England. 
New Hampshire. 
New Jersey. 
New York. 
New York East. 
North Indiana. 
North Ohio. 
Northwestern German. 
Northwest Indiana. 
Northwest Wisconsin. 
Ohio. 
Oneida. 
Oregon. 
Philadelphia. 
Pittsburgh. 
Providence. 
Rook River. 
3 



May 1. 

First Day. 
Afternoon. 



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[1868. 



May 1. 

First Day. 
Afternoon. 



F. A. Hester, 
J. W. Lowe, 
P. Kuhl, 
J. E. King, 
H. W. Reed, 
A. L. Cooper, 
A. J. Lycla, 
R. Dudgeon, 
H. Bannister, 
Z. Paddock, 



Southeastern Indiana. 

Southern Illinois. 

Southwestern German. 

Troy. 

Upper Iowa. 

Vermont. 

West Virginia. 

West Wisconsin. 

Wisconsin. 

Wyoming. 



Education. 



COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION. 



W. B. Edwards, 
J. W. Armstrong, 
J. W. Ross, 
W. ISTast, 
P. T. Rhodes, 
W. G. Williams, 

A. Lowry, 
J. L. Dyer, 

D. Lamont, 
G. B. Jocelyn, 
Thompson Mitchell, 
J. W. Lindsay, 

J. Swahlen, 

E. A. Helmershausen, 
James Greer, 

J. B. Wentworth, 
J. II. Moore, 
Daniel MTntyre, 
C. A. Holmes, 
W. R. Davis, 
J. G. Bruce, 
H. P. Torsey, 
Myron A. Daugherty, 
C. Brooks, 

B. F. Crary, 

C. W. Giddings, 
A. N. Fisher, 

J. T. Crane, 
W. R. Clark, 



Baltimore. 

Black River. 

California. 

Central German. 

Central Illinois. 

Central Ohio. 

Cincinnati. 

Colorado. 

Des Moines. 

Detroit. 

East Baltimore. 

East Genesee. 

Eastern German. 

East Maine. 

Erie. 

Genesee. 

Illinois. 

Indiana. 

Iowa. 

Kansas. 

Kentucky. 

Maine. 

Michigan 

Minnesota. 

Missouri. 

Nebraska. 

Nevada. 

Newark. 

New England. 



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35 



L. D. Barrows, 

S. Vansant, 
John M'Clintock, 


New Hampshire. 
New Jersey. 
New York. 


May 1. 

First Day. 
Afternoon. 


B. Pilsbury, 


New York East. 




T. Bowman, 


North Indiana. 




Alfred Wheeler, 


North Ohio. 




F. Schuler, 


NortliAvestern German. 




J. L. Smith, 


Northwest Indiana. 




T. M. Fullerton, 


Northwest Wisconsin. 




W. Porter, 


Ohio. 




A. S. Graves, 


Oneida. 




G. Hines, 


Oregon. 




T. C. Murphy, 
I. C. Pershing, 


Philadelphia. 
Pittsburgh. 




M. J. Talbot, 


Providence. 




D. P. Kidder, 


Rock River. 




J. W. Locke, 


Southeastern Indiana. 




T. A. Eaton, 


Southern Illinois. 




Philip Kuhl, 


Southwestern German. 




J. E. King, 


Troy. 




W. Brush, 


Upper Iowa. 




L Luce, 


Vermont. 




A. Martin, 


West Virginia. 




R. Dudgeon, 


West Wisconsin. 




G. M. Steele, 


Wisconsin. 




R. Nelson, 


Wyoming. 





COMMITTEE ON REVISALS. 



Eevisals. 



S. V. Blake, 
E. C. Bruce, 

A. Bland, 

J. Rothweiler, 
R. Haney, 
P. S. Donelson, 
James Kendall, 
J. L. Dyer, 

B. Mitchell, 
B. F. Cocker, 

W. L. Spottswood, 
K. P. Jervis, 
J. Swahlen, 



Baltimore. 
Black River. 
California. 
Central German. 
Central Illinois. 
Central Ohio. 
Cincinnati. 
Colorado. 
Des Moines. 
Detroit. 

East Baltimore. 
East Genesee. 
Eastern German. 



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[1868. 



May 1. 

First Dat. 
Afleriwon. 



E. A. Helmershausen, 
James Greer, 
J. B. Wentworth, 
James Leaton, 

D. M'Intyre, 

E. H. Waving, 
W. R. Davis, 
J. C. Harrison, 
C. F. Allen, 

F. B. Bangs, 
C. Hobart, 

B. F. Crary, 

C. W. Giddings, 
A. N. Fisher, 

C. Larew, 

D. Sherman, 
James Pike, 

E. H. Stokes, 
J. M'Clintock, 
Geo. Taylor, 
W. H. Goode, 
J. F. Kennedy, 

G. L. Mulfinger, 
W. Graham, 

T. M. Fullerton, 
S. M. Merrill, 
W. N. Cobb, 
G. Hines, 
W. M'Combs, 

A. J. Endsley, 
S. C. Brown, 

R. A. Blan chard, 

F. A. Hester, 
T. A. Eaton, 
H. Fiegenbamn, 
J. E. Bo wen, 
W. Brush, 

B. Eaton, 
A. J. Lyda, 
A. Brim son, 

C. D. Pillsbury, 
R. Nelson, 



East Maine, 

Erie. 

Genesee. 

Illinois. 

Indiana. 

Iowa. 

Kansas. 

Kentucky. 

Maine. 

Michigan. 

Minnesota. 

Missouri. 

Nebraska. 

Nevada. 

Newark. 

New England. 

New Hampshire. 

New Jersey. 

New York. 

New York East. 

North Indiana. 

North Ohio. 

Northwestern German. 

Northwest Indiana. 

Northwest Wisconsin. 

Ohio. 

Oneida. 

Oregon. 

Philadelphia. 

Pittsburgh. 

Providence. 

Rock River. 

Southeastern Indiana. 

Southern Illinois. 

Southwestern German. 

Troy. 

Upper Iowa. 

Vermont. 

West Virginia. 

West Wisconsin. 

Wisconsin 

Wyoming. 



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Journal of the General Conference. 



37 





May 1. 




Fibst Day. 


>30IITTEE ON SUNDAY-SCHOOLS AND TRACTS. Afternoon. 




Sundav-Schools 


W. B. Edwards, 


Baltimore. and Tracts. 


A. E. Corse, 


Black River. 


A. Bland, 


California. 


J. Krehbiel, 


Central German. 


P. T. Rhodes, 


Central Illinois. 


W. J. Wells, 


Central Ohio. 


J. Armstrong, 


Cincinnati. 


J. L. Dyer, 


Colorado. 


B. Mitchell, 


Des Hoines. 


J. M. Arnold, 


Detroit. 


J. H. C. Dosb, 


East Baltimore. 


F. G. Hibbard, 


East Genesee. 


J. Swahlen, 


Eastern German. 


L. P. French, 


East Haine. 


W. F. Day, 


Erie. 


S. Hunt, 


Genesee. 


W. J. Rutledge, 


Illinois. 


W. Meginnis, 


Indiana. 


J. H. Power, 


Iowa. 


W. R. Davis, 


Kansas. 


J. G. Bruce, 


Kentucky. 


C. Hunger, 


Haine. 


H. Hall, 


Hichigan. 


C. Brooks, 


Minnesota. 


B. St. J. Fry, 


Hissouri. 


C. W. Giddings, 


Nebraska. 


A. N. Fisher, 


Nevada. 


C. S. Vancleve, 


Newark. 


W. Butler, 


New England. 


0. H. Jasper, 


New Hampshire. 


F. A. Horrell, 


New Jersey. 


P. R. Brown, 


New York. 


B. Pilsbury, 


New York East. 


J. C. Hedsker, 


North Indiana. 


C. H. Owens, 


North Ohio. 


F. Schuler, 


Northwestern German. 


J. C. Reed, 


Northwest Indiana. 


T. H. Fullerton, 


Northwest "Wisconsin. 


B. N. Spahr, 


Ohio. 



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[1868. 



May 1. 

Fibst Day. 
Afternoon. 



L. C. Queal, 
H. C. Benson, 
T. C. Murphy, 

H. Miller, 
D. Wise, 
L. Hitchcock, 
F. C. Holliday, 
J. B. Corrington, 
W. Schreck, 
R. H. Robinson, 
A. J. Kynett, 
A. L. Cooper, 
A. Martin, 
A. Branson, 
W. G. Miller, 
Z. Paddock, 



Oneida. 

Oregon. 

Philadelphia. 

Pittsburgh. 

Providence. 

Rock River. 

Southeastern Indiana. 

Southern Illinois. 

Southwestern German. 

Troy. 

Upper Iowa. 

Vermont. 

West Virginia. 

West Wisconsin. 

Wisconsin. 

Wyoming. 



Lay Represen- 
tation. 



COMMITTEE ON LAY REPRESENTATION. 



John Lanahan, 
J. Erwin, 
J. B. Hill, 
J. Krehbiel, 
J. S. Camming, 
W. J. Wells, 
W. Young, 
J. L. Dyer, 

D. Lamont, 

E. O. Haven, 
T. Mitchell, 

D. W. C. Huntington, 
J. Swahlen, 
L. P. French, 
R, II. Hurlburt, 
G. De La Matyr, 
J. Leaton, 

B. F. Rawlins, 

C. A. Holmes, 

D. P. Mitchell, 
J. C. Harrison, 
C. Munger, 

M. A. Daugherty, 



Baltimore. 

Black River. 

California. 

Central German. 

Central Illinois. 

Central Ohio. 

Cincinnati. 

Colorado. 

Des Moines. 

Detroit. 

East Baltimore. 

East Genesee. 

Eastern German. 

East Maine. 

Erie. 

Genesee. 

Illinois. 

Indiana. 

Iowa. 

Kansas. 

Kentucky. 

Maine. 

Michigan. 



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39 



J. F. Chaffee, 

B. F. Crary, 

C. W. Giddings, 
A. N. Fisher, 

J. S. Porter, 

J. Porter, 

J.Pike, 

J. B. Dobbins, 

W. H. Ferris, 

H. F. Pease, 

M. Mahin, 

A. Wheeler, 

F. Schnler, 
J. C. Reed, 

T. M. Fnllerton, 
S. M. Merrill, 

B. I. Ives, 

G. Hines, 
V. Smith, 

S. H. Nesbit, 

D. Wise, 

T. M. Eddy, 
J. W. Locke, 
J. W. Lowe, 
W. Schreck, 

C. F. Burdick, 
A. J. Kynett, 
I. Luce, 

G. Martin, 
R. Dudgeon, 
S. Fallows, 
R. Nelson, 



Minnesota. 

Missouri. 

Nebraska. 

Nevada. 

Newark. 

New England. 

New Hampshire. 

New Jersey. 

New York. 

New York East. 

North Indiana. 

North Ohio. 

Northwestern German. 

Northwest Indiana. 

Northwest Wisconsin. 

Ohio. 

Oneida. 

Oregon. 

Philadelphia. 

Pittsburgh. 

Providence. 

Rock River. 

Southeastern Indiana. 

Southern Illinois. 

Southwestern German. 

Troy. 

Upper Iowa. 

Vermont. 

West Virginia. 

West Wisconsin. 

Wisconsin. 

Wyoming. 



May 1. 

First Da?. 
Afternoon. 



COURT OF APPEALS. 



W. B. Edwards, 
B. S. Wright, 
J. W. Ross, 
W. Nast, 
W. H. Hunter, 
P. S. Donelson, 
J. Armstrong, 



Baltimore. 
Black River. 
California. 
Central German. 
Central Illinois. 
Central Ohio. 
Cincinnati. 



Court of Ap- 
peals. 



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[1868. 



May 1. 

First Day. 
Afternoon. 



J. L. Dyer, 

D. Lamont, 
G. B. Jocelyn, 
J. France, 

T. B. Hudson, 
J. Swahlen, 
S. H. Beale, 

E. J. L. Baker, 
G. De La Matyr, 
E. Elliott, 

D. M'Intyre, 
J. H. Power, 
W. R. Davis, 
J. G. Bruce, 
J. Colby, 
R. C. Crawford, 
J. F. Chaffee, 
J. H. Hopkins, 

C. W. Giddings, 
A. N. Fisher, 

J. T. Crane, 
J. Hascall, 
O. H. Jasper, 
J. B. Dobbins, 
A. M. Osbon, 
N. Mead, 
J. C. Medsker, 
A. Wheeler, 
G. L. Mulfinger, 
Aaron Wood, 
T. M. Fullerton, 
W. Porter, 
W. N. Cobb, 
H. C. Benson, 
W. M'Combs, 
O. N. Hartshorn, 

D. Wise, 

R. A. Blanchard, 
J. W. Locke, 
J. B. Corrington, 
P. Kuhl, 
D. P. Hulburd, 



Colorado. 

Des Moines. 

Detroit. 

East Baltimore. 

East Genesee. 

Eastern German. 

East Maine. 

Erie. 

Genesee. 

Illinois. 

Indiana. 

Iowa. 

Kansas. 

Kentucky. 

Maine. 

Michigan. 

Minnesota. 

Missouri. 

Nebraska. 

Nevada. 

Newark. 

New England. 

New Hampshire. 

New Jersey. 

New York. 

New York East. 

North Indiana. 

North Ohio. 

Northwestern German. 

Northwest Indiana. 

Northwest Wisconsin. 

Ohio. 

Oneida. 

Oregon. 

Philadelphia. 

Pittsburgh. 

Providence. 

Rock River. 

Southeastern Indiana. 

Southern Illinois. 

Southwestern German. 

Troy. 



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41 



D. N. Holmes, 
P. P. Ray, 
G. Martin, 

A. Brunson, 
H. Bannister, 
G. Peck, 



Upper Iowa. 
Vermont. 
West Virginia. 
"West Wisconsin. 
Wisconsin. 
Wyoming. 



May 1. 

FnssT Dat. 

Afternoon . 



COMMITTEE ON CHURCH EXTENSION. 



Church Exten- 
sion. 



S. V. Blake, 

E. C. Bruce, 
J. B. Hill, 
J. Krekbiel, 
H. Ritchie, 

W. G. Williams, 
James Kendall, 
J. L. Dyer, 

D. Lamont, 

F. A. Blades, 

W. L. Spottswood, 
J. M. Reicl, 
J. S\v allien, 
L. P. French, 
George W. Clarke, 
Thomas Carlton, 
W. J. Rutledge, 

B. F. Rawlins, 

E. H. Waring, 
D. P. Mitchell, 
J. G. Bruce, 

C. F. Allen, 
I. Cogshall, 
J. F. Chaffee, 

B. St. James Fry, 

C. W. Giddings, 
A. N. Fisher, 

C. Larew, 
W. R. Clark, 

G. W. H. Clark, 
S. Vansant, 

W. H. Ferris, 
N. Mead, 



Baltimore. 

Black River. 

California. 

Central German. 

Central Illinois. 

Central Ohio. 

Cincinnati. 

Colorado. 

Des Moines. 

Detroit. 

East Baltimore. 

East Genesee. 

Eastern German. 

East Maine. 

Erie. 

Genesee. 

Illinois. 

Indiana. 

Iowa. 

Kansas. 

Kentucky. 

Maine. 

Michigan. 

Minnesota. 

Missouri. 

Nebraska. 

Nevada. 

Newark. 

New England. 

New Hampshire. 

New Jersey. 

New York. 

New York East. 



42 



Journal of the General Co nference. 



1868. 



May l. Thomas Bowman, 


North Indiana. 


Afternoon. W. D. Godman, 


North Ohio. 


G. L. Mulfinger, 


Northwestern German. 


W. Graham, 


Northwest Indiana. 


T. M. Fullerton, 


Northwest Wisconsin. 


W. Porter, 


Ohio. 


A. S. Graves, 


Oneida. 


H. C. Benson, 


Oregon. 


Robert H. Pattison, 


Philadelphia. 


A. J. Endsley, 


Pittsburgh. 


James Mather, 


Providence. 


T. M. Eddy, 


Rock River. 


F. C. Holliday, 


Southeastern Indiana. 


J. W. Lowe, 


Southern Illinois. 


H. Fiegenbaum, 


Southwestern German. 


J. E. Bo wen, 


Troy. 


A. J. Kynett, 


Upper Iowa. 


A. L. Cooper, 


Vermont. 


A. Martin, 


West Virginia. 


R. Dudgeon, 


West Wisconsin. 


C. D. Pillsbury, 


Wisconsin. 


George Peck, 


Wyoming. 


State of the COMMITTEE ON THE 


STATE OF THE CHURCB 


Church. 




S. V. Blake, 


Baltimore. 


B. S. Wright, 


Black River. 


A. Bland, 


California. 


William Nast, 


Central German. 


W. H. Hunter, 


Central Illinois. 


William G. Williams 


i, Central Ohio. 


A. Lowrey, 


Cincinnati. 


J. L. Dyer, 


Colorado. 


B. Mitchell, 


Des Moines. 


B. F. Cocker, 


Detroit. 


B. H. Crever, 


East Baltimore. 


K. P. Jervis, 


East Genesee. 


J. Swahlen, 


Eastern German. 


S. H. Beale, 


East Maine. 


J. Peate, 


Erie. 


Sanford Hunt, 


Genesee. 


J. H. Moore, 


Illinois. 



1868.] 



Journal of the General Conference. 



43 



John Kiffer, 


Indiana. 


IMay 1. 


C. A. Holmes, 


Iowa. 


Fikst Day, 
Afternoon. 


W. R. Davis, 


Kansas. 




J. C. Harrison, 


Kentucky. 




H. P. Torsey, 


Maine. 




Francis B. Bangs, 


Michigan. 




C. Hobart, 


Minnesota. 




N. Shumate, 


Missouri. 




C. W. Giddings, 


Nebraska. 




A. N. Fisher, 


Nevada. 




C. S. Vancleve, 


Newark. 




L. R. Thayer, 


New England. 




L. D. Barrows, 


New Hampshire. 




E. H. Stokes, 


New Jersey. 




J. B. Wakeley, 


New York. 




B. Pilsbury, 


New York East. 




Thomas Bowman, 


North Indiana. 




W. D. Godman, 


North Ohio. 




F. Schuler, 


Northwestern German. 




J. L. Smith, 


Northwest Indiana. 




T. M. C. Fullerton, 


Northwest Wisconsin. 




B. N. Spahr, 


Ohio. 




W. H. Olin, 


Oneida. 




G. Hines, 


Oregon. 




G. D. Carrow, 


Philadelphia. 




O. N. Hartshorn. 


Pittsburgh. 




M. J. Talbot, 


Providence. 




D. P. Kidder, 


Rock River. 




F. G Holliday, 


Southeastern Indiana. 




A. B. Morrison, 


Southern Illinois. 




Philip Kuhl, 


Southwestern German. 




Jesse T. Peck, 


Troy. 




William Brush, 


Upper Iowa. 




I. Luce, 


Vermont. 




G. Martin, 


West Virginia. 




R. Dudgeon, 


West Wisconsin. 




W. G. Miller, 


Wisconsin. 




Z. Paddock, 


Wyoming. 





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Journal of the General Conference. 



[1868. 



May 1. 






Fiest Day. 






Afternoon. 


COMMITTEE ON 


THE FEEEDMEN. 


Freedmen. 








J. Lanahan, 


Baltimore. 




J. W. Armstrong, 


Black River. 




J. W. Ross, 


California. 




J. Rothweiler, 


Central German. 




H. Ritchie, 


Central Illinois. 




W. J. Wells, 


Central Ohio. 




J. M. Walden, 


Cincinnati. 




J. L. Dyer, 


Colorado. 




D. Lainont, 


Des Moines. 




J. M. Arnold, 


Detroit. 




T. Barnhart, 


East Baltimore. 




K. P. Jervis, 


East Genesee. 




J. Swahlen, 


Eastern German. 




E. A. Helmershausen 


, East Maine. 




J. Peate, 


Erie. 




J. B. Wentworth, 


Genesee. 


• 


E. Elliott, 


Illinois. 




W. Meginnis, 


Indiana. 




E. H. Waring, 


Iowa. 




D. P. Mitchell, 


Kansas. 




J. C. Harrison, 


Kentucky. 




C. Munger, 


Maine. 




F. B. Bangs, 


Michigan. 




C. Brooks, 


Minnesota. 




B. St. J. Fry, 


Missouri. 




C. W. Giddings, 


Nebraska. 




A. N. Fisher, 


Nevada. 




I. W. Wiley, 


Newark. 




G. Haven, 


New England. 




0. H. Jasper, 


New Hampshire. 




J. S. Heisler, 


New Jersey. 




P. R. Brown, 


New York. 




G. W. Woodruff, 


New York East. 




T. Bowman, 


North Indiana. 




J. F. Kennedy, 


North Ohio. 




F. Schuler, 


Northwestern German, 




W. Graham, 


Northwest Indiana. 




T. M. Fullerton, 


Northwest Wisconsin. 




J. Dillon, 


Ohio. 



1868.] Journal of the General Conference. 45 

B. I. Ives, Oneida. JMay l. 

G. Hines, Oregon. $~£j 

V. Smith, Philadelphia. 

H. Miller, Pittsburgh. 

M. J. Talbot, Providence. 

J. Baume, Rock River. 

F. A. Hester, Southeastern Indiana. 

A. B. Morrison, • Southern Illinois. 

W. Schreck, Southwestern German. 

W. R. Brown, Troy. 

D. N". Holmes, Upper Iowa. 

B. Eaton, Vermont. 

A. J. Lyda, "West Virginia. 

A. Brunson, West "Wisconsin. 

G. M. Steele, Wisconsin. 
H. R. Clarke, Wyoming. 

On motion of Daniel Curry, it was ordered that the 
Committee on Episcopacy meet for organization imme- 
diately on adjournment this afternoon, and that the 
Committee on Itinerancy meet for the same purpose 
at half past eight o'clock to-morrow morning. 

On motion of George W. Woodruff, Conference ad- 
journed. After the doxology had been sung the bene- 
diction was pronounced by Daniel Curry. 

SATURDAY MORNING, MAY 2. M ayS . 

„ . • -ra- i ct« • Second Day. 

Conference met this morning, Bishop Simpson in 
the chair. 

The religious services were conducted by T. M. 
Hudson, of the Pittsburgh Conference. 

On motion of R. Nelson, the calling of the roll of Ro11 cal1 jU»- 

° pensed witb. 

Conference was dispensed with hereafter till otherwise 
ordered. 

The Journal of yesterday afternoon's session was 
read and approved. 

On motion of J. T. Peck, the rules were suspended 
to enable the standing committees to complete their 
organization. 

The Committee on Episcopacy reported its organ!- Committee on 
zation by the election of J. M. Trimble, Chairman, and gSed. acy ° 
J. W. Lindsay, Secretary. 



46 



Journal of the General Conference. 



[1868. 



May Q. 
Second Day. 

Committee on 
Itinerancy or- 
ganized. 



Bar of Confer- 
ence fixed. 



Call of Confer- 
ences. 



The Committee on Itinerancy reported that it had 
organized by the appointment of Jesse T. Peck, Chair- 
man, and S. H. Nesbit, Secretary, and J. C. Reed, 
Eusfrossinor Clerk. 

T. M. Eddy moved a reconsideration of the action 
of the Conference yesterday in referring the subject of 
American Colonization Society to the Committee on 
Freedmen, but the motion was laid on the table by a 
vote of ninety-eight to forty-four. 

On motion of W. R. Brown, the Journals of the 
several Conferences were referred to the Committee 
on Itinerancy. 

The resolution of I. S. Bingham, fixing the bar of 
the Conference, which was laid on the table yesterday, 
was taken from the table and adopted. 

The President called the roll of Conferences for the 
presentation of petitions, memorials, and appeals, and 
they were presented and referred, as follows : 



Maine. 



New York 
East. 



North Indi- 
ana. 



MAINE CONFERENCE. 

On motion of C. F. Allen, so much of the Journal 
as relates to the Supernumerary Relation without Ap- 
pointment be referred to the Committee on Itinerancy. 

NEW" YORK EAST CONFERENCE. 

On motion of G. W. Woodruff, so much of the 
Journal as relates to Boundaries was referred to the 
Committee on that subject. 

NORTH INDIANA CONFERENCE. 

On motion of W. H. Goode, so much of the Journal 
as relates to Lay Representation was referred to the 
Committee on that subject. 



Philadelphia. PHILADELPHIA CONFERENCE. 

* 

On motion of James Cunningham, so much of the 
Journal as relates to Boundaries was referred to the 
Committee on Boundaries. 



1868.] Journal of the General Conference. 47 

May 3. 

PITTSBURGH CONFERENCE. Second Day. 

Pitts b ithgh 

S. H. Nesbit presented a memorial from the Secre- 
tary of the Seaman's Friend Society, and it was 
referred to the Special Committee on that subject. 

SOUTHEASTERN INDIANA CONFERENCE. ^duuu™ 1 "' 

F. A. Hester presented so much of the Journal as 
relates to Lay Representation, and it was referred to 
the Committee on that subject ; and so much of the 
Journal as relates to Boundaries was referred to the 
Committee on Boundaries ; and so much as relates to 
the Presiding Eldership was referred to the Commit- 
tee on Itinerancy. 

TROY CONFERENCE. Teot. 

W. R. Brown presented the action of the Confer- 
ence on Boundaries, and it was referred to the Com- 
mittee on that subject. 

UPPER IOWA CONFERENCE. Upper Iowa. 

H. W. Reed presented so much of the Journal as 
relates to Lay Representation, and it was referred to 
the Committee on that subject. 

WEST VIRGINIA CONFERENCE. ^f^ Vns " 

A. J. Lyda presented so much of the Journal as 
relates to Lay Representation, and it was appropri- 
ately referred. 

WEST WISCONSIN CONFERENCE. ^f T Wiscon " 

R. Dudgeon presented so much of the Journal as 
relates to Lay Representation, and it was referred to 
the Committee on that subject. 

WISCONSIN CONFERENCE. Wisconsin. 

"W. G. Miller presented so much of the Journal as 
relates to Lay Delegation, and it was referred to the 
Committee on Lay Delegation. 



48 



Journal of the General Conference. 



[1863. 



May 2. 
Second Dat. WYOMING CONFERENCE. 

R. Nelson presented so much of the Journal as 
relates to Boundaries, and it was referred to the 
Committee on Boundaries. 

On motion of R. Nelson, the following resolution 
was adopted, namely : 

Mode of report- Unsolved, That when any member shall move the reference of any 
ing portions of portion of the Journal of his Conference to any committee he shall 
at the same time furnish a copy of that portion he wishes referred 
riled, as already provided in the case of memorials. 

William Reddy moved that the Secretary be in- 
structed to enter the names of the Delaware and 
Washington Conferences on the list of Conferences. 

William II. Ferris moved to refer the foregoing 
motion to the Committee appointed to consider the 
whole subject of the relation of these Conferences to 
this body. W. Brush moved to lay the latter motion 
on the table, but his motion was lost. Subsequently, 
on motion of J. P. Durbin, the above motions were 
both laid on the table. 

On motion, the Committee on the Book Concern 
had leave to retire for organization. 

The Committee on Boundaries reported its organi- 
zation by the election of H. C. Benson, Chairman, and 
S. C. Brown, Secretary. 

On motion of Daniel Curry, the Bishops were re- 
quested to present their Quadrennial Address nest 
Tuesday morning at ten o'clock. 
Roil of Confer- >phe ro ii f Conferences was called for the presenta- 

ences called for i 

miscellaneous i\ ou f miscellaneous business. 

business. 



Committer' on 
Boundaries or- 
ganized. 



Local 
ers. 



Pittsburgh. PITTSBURGH CONFERENCE. 

S. H. Nesbit moved the adoption of the following 
resolution, namely : 

preach- Resolved, That a special committee of seven be appointed to con- 
sider the question of the better organization of our local ministry so 
as to give system and regularity to their pulpit labors, and also to 
consider any other questions relating to local ministers that may 
come before the Conference. 

J. Rothweiler moved that the resolution be referred 
to the Committee on Itinerancy, but the motion was 
lost, and the resolution was adopted. 



1868.] 



Journal of the General Conference, 



TROY CONFERENCE. 



49 

May 3. 
Second Day. 
Teot. 



J. T. Peck moved the adoption of the following 
resolution, namely : 

Resolved, That pending the consideration of questions relating to Mission Confer- 
Conferences generally known as Mission Conferences, representa- ences - 
tives of said Conferences shall be at liberty to speak. 

On motion of Thomas Carlton, the resolution was 
laid on the table. 



MISSOURI AND ARKANSAS CONFERENCE. Missoubi and 

Arkansas. 

B. F. Crary offered the following resolution, and it 
was referred to the Committee on Episcopacy : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Episcopacy be requested to in- Episcopal Dis- 
quire into the expediency of arranging the Annual Conferences into tricts - 
Episcopal Districts, and of fixing the residences of the Bishops so 
that a Bishop shall reside within the bounds of each district. 

B. F. Crary also offered the following resolution, 
and it was referred to the Committee on Revisals : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be requested to inquire District Confer- 
into the expediency of organizing District Conferences in each Pre- ences - 
siding Elder's district. 



PITTSBURGH CONFERENCE. PiTTSBtrBGn. 

On motion of A. J. Endsley, the following resolu- 
tion was adopted, namely : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Sunday-schools and Tracts be Sunday-school 
instructed to inquire whether it is not practicable to so increase the books, 
number of books adapted to the Sunday-school work, that the sup- 
ply may in some proportion be equal to the demand. 

B. N. Spahr moved that the Committee on Missions 
have leave to retire for organization. A. J. Kynett 
moved to lay the motion on the table, but his motion 
was lost by a vote of sixty-five in favor of it to eighty 
against it, and the original motion prevailed. 

R. Haney moved that when Conference adjourn it 
adjourn to meet again this afternoon at half past two 
o'clock. 

W. H. Ferris moved as a substitute that the several 
committees meet this afternoon at half past two 



50 Journal of the General Conference. [1868. 

May a. o'clock at such places as the Committee of Arrange- 
Second day. mcnts ma y ass ig n them to organize. 

Time for the or- A substitute for the whole was proposed and 

samzation of .',"'. , 

standing com- adopted, by which it was ordered that the several 

mittees fixed. *• . . 

standing committees not yet organized meet this 
afternoon for organization at the hours specified, as 
follows : Committee on Education at two o'clock ; on 
Revisals, at half past two ; On Sunday-schools and 
Tracts, at three ; on Lay Representation, at half past 
three ; on Church Extension, at four ; on State of the 
Church, at half past four ; and on Freedmen at five 
o'clock. 

The Committee on Public Worship announced the 
appointments for preaching on the Sabbath. 

Aaron Wood moved to so far suspend the rules 
that when we adjourn to-day we adjourn to meet on 
Monday at two o'clock P. M., but the motion did not 
prevail. 

S. H. Nesbit offered the following resolution, which 
was referred to the Committee on the Book Concern : 

Monthly maga- Resolved, That the Book Committee be instructed to inquire into 
z,ne " the expediency of establishing a monthly magazine something like 

the old National Magazine, and also of establishing a monthly for 
our young people*. 

C Book U Conce?n TIie Committee on the Book Concern reported its 
organized. organization by the election of I. W. Wiley, Chair- 
man, and Israel C. Pershing, Secretary, and W. G. 
Williams, Assistant Secretary. 

Adjournment The time of adjournment having come, the doxology 
was sung, and Conference closed with the benediction 
by C. D. Pillsbury. 



May 4. MONDAY MORNING, MAY 4. 

Third Day. 

The Conference met according to adjournment at 
nine o'clock. 

Religious services were conducted by R. Nelson of 
Wyoming Conference. 

Bishop Ames in the chair, 
proved. ar " The Journal of Saturday's session was read and 
approved. 



1868.] Journal of the General Conference. 51 

The President called the roll of Conferences for the May 4. 

presentation of petitions, memorials, and appeals, and TmRI> Day ' 
they were presented and referred as follows : 



BLACK RIVER CONFERENCE. Black Eivee. 

I. S. Bingham presented the appeal and protest of 
R. N. Barber, G. G. Hapgood, and J. H. Lamb 
against the action of this Conference and the ruling of 
the Bishop presiding. Referred to the Committees on 
Episcopacy and Itinerancy. Also preamble and reso- 
lutions touching Indian Missions. Referred to the 
Committee on Missions. 



CALIFORNIA CONFERENCE. Califobnia. 

J. "W. Ross presented a letter from Rev. L. Waugh 
in reference to moneys voted him by the General 
Conference of 1848 ; referred to the Committee on 
Itinerancy. 

CENTRAL ILLINOIS CONFERENCE. S™?™** 1 lLU " 

ft O IS. 

H. Ritchie presented the petition of I. C. Clippen^er Lay Represeu- 

-i r- t /• t -r. • p tit tation. 

and fourteen others for Lay Representation from Mon- 
mouth Station, and one against Lay Representation 
from J. H. Merridith and ten others from the same 
place. They were referred to the Committee on Lay 
Representation. A petition from William Shreves and 
twelve others of Bushnell Station for Lay Representa- 
tion, and one from S. M. Alexander and six others 
against, of the same station. They were referred to 
the same Committee. He also presented a petition 
from L. B. Kent and twenty-four others in reference to 
a change of rules and usages respecting the admission 
of members into our Church ; referred to the Com- 
mittee on Revisals. 

J. S. dimming, of this Conference, presented a pe- Boundaries, 
tition from Aroma Mission on the subject of Bounda- 
ries, signed by Wm. S. Lcgg and eleven others ; referred 
to the Committee on Boundaries. 

P. T. Rhodes presented a petition from the Minis- District confer- 

cnc*?s. 

terial Association of Orange District, of this Confer- 
ence, on the subject of District Conferences ; one from 



52 



Journal of the General Conference. 



[1868 



May4. 
Third Day. 



Lay Represen- 
tation. 



the same District on Conference Claimants signed by 
G. R. Palmer and eighteen others ; both referred to 
the Committee on Revisals. 

W. H. Hunter presented petitions from Galesburgh 
Charge, of this Conference, signed by one hundred 
and thirteen members, and one from Oneida Station 
signed by twenty-nine members, in favor of Lay Rep- 
resentation ; referred to the Committee on that sub- 
ject. Also, a petition from Chillicothe Station signed 
by twenty-three members in favor of Lay Representa- 
tion ; referred to the Committee on that subject. 



-L Ohio. 



Credentials of 
Rev. J. T. Gra- 
cey. 



! ems. 



CENTRAL OHIO CONFERENCE. 

W. L. Harris presented the action of the India 
Mission Conference in reference to Representation in 
the General Conference, and the credentials of Rev. 
J. T. Gracey as a delegate to this Conference, which 
were referred to the Special Committee on that 
subject. 

W. G. Williams presented the papers in the case of 
Charles G. Ferris, of this Conference, which were re- 
ferred to the Committee on Appeals. 



Cincinnati. 



CINCINNATI CONFERENCE. 



Lay Eepresen- Janies Kendall presented a memorial from New 

tation. '. . . 

Market Circuit against Lay Representation signed by 
Oliver Parkinson and thirty-four others, and one in 
favor of Lay Representation from Raper Chapel, Day- 
ton, Ohio, signed by H. Elliott and nine others, which 
were referred to the Committee on Lay Representa- 
tion. He also presented a resolution from the Journal 
of the Conference in reference to the amenability of 
ministers; referred to the Committee on Revisals. 
Also, a preamble and resolutions from the Journal in 
regard to furnishing periodicals gratuitously to super- 
annuated preachers, and another resolution in reference 
Daily religious to the establishment of a daily religious paper, which 
were referred to the Committee on the Book Concern. 
J. Kendall also presented a resolution from the 
Journal of his Conference on the appointment of Pre- 



1868.] Journal of the General Conference. 53 

siding Elders; referred to the Committee on Itin- May4. 

Third Day. 

erancy. 

DES MOINES CONFERENCE. Des Moines. 

E. H. Waring presented a memorial from Concord 
Chapel, Newbern Circuit, of this Conference, for a 
change of Boundaries, signed by Rev. J. H. Bellamy 
and eighty-seven others ; referred to the Committee 
on Boundaries. 

B. Mitchell presented the report of the Committee Lay Represen- 
on Lay Representation from the Journal of his Con- 
ference, which was referred to the Committee on that 
subject. 

DETROIT CONFERENCE. Detroit. 

J. M. Arnold presented a preamble and resolutions Lay Represen- 
of the Quarterly Conference of the Central M. E. tatl0n ' 
Church, Detroit, in favor of Lay Representation ; re- 
ferred to the Committee on that subject. 



EAST BALTIMORE CONFERENCE. East Balti- 

more. 

B. H. Crever presented the action of his Conference Boundaries. 
on Conference Boundaries ; referred to the Committee 
on Boundaries. 

Joseph France presented the action of the Confer- stewards aud 

■ n <-i -iim <• -i Trustees. 

ence in reference to btewards and Irustees; referred 
to the Committee on Revisals. 

Thomas Barnhart presented the action of the Con- Lay Delegation. 
ference on Lay Delegation ; referred to the Committee 
on Lay Representation. 



EAST GENESEE CONFERENCE. East Genesee. 

K. P. Jervis presented the following memorials on Lay Represent- 
ee subject of Lay Representation, namely : From atl ° 
Asbury Church, Rochester, signed by D. C. Ailing 
and twenty-six others ; from Geneseo Station, signed 
by Hon. S. Hubbard and sixteen others ; from Wal- 
worth Charge, signed by John Dickey and twelve 
others ; from Honeoye Falls Charge, signed by M. R. 
Pierce ; from Wayland Station, signed by L. J. Tiche- 
nor and nineteen others; from Macedon Station, 



54 Journal of the General Conference. [1S68. 

iviay 4. signed by H. B. Jolly and ten others ; from Dansville 
third day. g tat i on , signed by Prof. H. R. Sanford and sixteen 
others ; from Webster Charge, signed by H. N". An- 
drew and twenty-one others ; all these memorials were 
in favor of Lay Representation, and were referred to 
the Committee on that subject. 
Presiding El- K. P. Jervis also presented a resolution from the 
Journal of his Conference on the subject of the Pre- 
siding Eldership, which was referred to the Committee 
on Revisals. 

• 

Erie. ERIE CONFERENCE. 

R. H. Hurlburt presented the memorial of James 
Norris, asking a change in the Discipline, chapter i, 
section 3, page 29 ; referred to the Committee on 
Revisals. 

R. A. Caruthers presented the protest of Mount 
Jackson Quarterly Conference against Lay Delegation ; 
referred to the Committee on that subject. 
Appeal^ 6f I. o. Geo. W. Clarke presented the appeal of I. O. Fisher, 
who had been expelled by the Erie Conference, which 
was referred to the Committee on Appeals. 



Illinois. ILLINOIS CONFERENCE. 

Lay Represen- James Leaton presented the following memorials in 
favor of Lay Representation, which were referred to 
the Committee on that subject, namely : From Naples 
Circuit, signed by Benjamin Greer and twenty-seven 
others ; from Danville Charge, Illinois, signed by G. 
W. Jones and seventy -five others ; from First Church, 
Champaigne, signed by T. B. Sweet and forty-six 
others ; from Carrolton Station, signed by Dr. J. B. 
Samuel and sixteen others ; from West Charge, Jack- 
sonville, signed by Judge W. Thomas and thirty-five 
others; from Bement Station, signed by C. D. Moore 
and fifteen others ; from Rantoul, signed by J. M. 
West and nineteen others ; from Concord Circuit, 
signed by Asa Yan Yey and fourteen others ; from 
Camargo Circuit, signed by A. Salisbury and seventy- 
four others ; from Island Grove, signed by Thomas 
Elliott and ten others ; from Indiauola Circuit, signed 



*'isher. 



1868.] Journal of the General Conference. 55 

by B. Newman and twenty-two others ; from Paris May 4. 
Station, signed by E. C. Woolley and twenty-nine ThirdDat - 
others ; from Windsor Circuit, signed by W. J. Boone 
and eighteen others ; from Marshall Circuit, signed by 
James M'Cabe and fourteen others ; from Springfield 
Circuit, signed by Andrew Kalb and seventeen others ; 
from Griggsville Circuit, signed by Hugh Davidson 
and fifty-nine others; from Elkhart City, signed by 
George W. Tracy and eleven others ; from Areola 
Circuit, signed by A. L. Clarke and fourteen others ; 
from Philo Circuit, signed by John Beckly and thirty- 
three others ; from Mendon Circuit, signed by Jos. 
Turner and twenty-five others ; from Athens and Mid- 
dletown, signed by James T. Foster and nine others ; 
from Sullivan Circuit, signed by L. B. Delana and 
thirty others ; from Decatur Circuit, signed by Peter 
Bohrer and forty-eight others ; from Neoga Circuit, 
signed by J. Villart and thirteen others ; from Tower 
Hill Circuit, signed by Peter M. Killam and thirteen 
others; from Beardstown Station, signed by J. R. 
Dowler and thirty-one others. Referred. 

J. M. Moore presented a petition from the preachers 
of the Illinois Conference relating to the claim of Rev. 
W. D. R. Trotter on the Book Concern, signed by w. d. k. Trot- 
Rev. W. Travis and sixty-three others ; referred to 
the Committee on the Book Concern. 

James Leaton presented the action of the Illinois 
Conference in the case of W. D. R. Trotter, which 
was referred to the Committee on the Book Concern. 

IOWA CONFERENCE. Iowa. 

John H. Power presented the memorial of S. B. wheeling cir- 

1 CUlt. 

Scoles and twenty-six others asking to be set off from 
the Wheeling Circuit, Des Moines Conference, and to 
be attached to the Knoxville Circuit, Iowa Conference, 
which was referred to the Committee on Boundaries. 
He also presented the action of the Quarterly Confer- 
ences of Muscatine District to promote the interests of 
Sunday-schools ; referred to the Committee on Re- 
visals. 

C. A. Holmes presented a memorial from Camanche Lay Eepresen- 
Charge, Upper Iowa Conference, against Lay Repre- 



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May 4. 

Thibd Day. 



Lay Represen- 
tation. 



Presiding 
dership. 



El- 



Order of Busi- 
ness. 



sentation, signed by E. L. Seymour and twenty other 
males and thirty females and minors ; referred to the 
Committee on that subject. 

Rev. E. H. Waring presented the following memo- 
rials in favor of Lay Representation, which were 
referred to the Committee on that subject, namely : 
From Ottumwa Station, signed by Isaac Logan and 
thirty others ; from Marshall Circuit, signed by T. S. 
Bower and seven others ; from the Quarterly Confer- 
ence of Marshall Circuit, Iowa Conference ; from the 
Ministerial Association of Mount Pleasant District ; 
from the Journal of Iowa Conference. 

E. H. Waring also presented the resolution of this 
Conference respecting local preachers' licences, which 
was referred to the Committee on Local Preachers. 

A memorial from the Ministerial Association of 
Mount Pleasant District for giving the Presiding 
Elders the right to vote in the appointment of the 
preachers; referred to the Committee on Itinerancy. 
Another petition from the same Association, asking 
that the Presiding Elders may be elected by the 
Annual Conference ; referred to the Committee on 
Itinerancy. A memorial from the same body for 
District Conferences, and a plan for the same ; referred 
to the Committee on Revisals. 

E. H. Waring also presented plans for revised order 
of business in the Annual and Quarterly Conferences ; 
referred to the Committee on Revisals. 



Kentucky. 



KENTUCKY CONFERENCE. 



J. C. Harrison presented an extract from the Jour- 
nal on Lay Representation, which was referred to the 
Committee on that subject. Also the petition of the 
Kentucky Conference for the formation of a separate 
Colored Confer- co lored conference ; referred to the Committee on 

ence. ' 

Boundaries. Also a memorial from Alexandria Cir- 
cuit in reference to the duties of stewards ; referred 
to the Committee on Revisals. 



Minnesota. 



MINNESOTA CONFERENCE. 



C Hobart presented a resolution from the Journal 
of the Conference, asking for the alteration of the 



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Discipline so as to allow the appointment of preachers May 4. 

as Temperance agents; referred to the Committee on ThibdDay - 
Revisals. 



MISSOURI AND ARKANSAS CONFERENCE. Missouri and 

Ab KANSAS. 

L. M. Vernon presented the petition of this Confer- 
ence on the formation of an Arkansas Conference ; 
referred to the Committee on Boundaries. 



NEBRASKA CONFERENCE. Nebraska. 

C. TV Giddings presented the memorial from Fre- 
mont Circuit on Lay Representation, signed by G. A. 
Van Anda and. nine others ; referred to the Committee 
on that subject. 

NEWARK CONFERENCE. Newark. 

J. S. Porter presented a petition from Franklin-street 
Station in favor of Lay Delegation, signed by Benjamin 
C. Dutcher and fourteen others ; referred to the Com- 
mittee on that subject. 

NEW HAMPSHIRE CONFERENCE. New Hamp- 

shire. 

L. D. Barrows presented an extract from the Jour- Boundaries. 
nal protesting against a change of its boundaries ; 
referred to the Committee on Boundaries. 

O. H. Jasper presented from Dover Charge and L& y. Eepresen- 

. t-» . tation. 

nineteen others petitions on Lay Representation, signed 
by TV B. Wiggins and two hundred and ninety others ; 
referred to the Committee on that subject. 

NEW" ENGLAND CONFERENCE. New England. 

J. Porter presented a remonstrance from Landaff, Lay Delegation. 
New Hampshire Conference, against Lay Delegation, 
signed by James Austin and twenty-four others ; re- 
ferred to the Committee on that subject. 

NEW JERSEY CONFERENCE. New Jersey. 

On motion of E. H. Stokes, so much of the Journal 
of the New Jersey Conference as relates to Boundaries Boundaries. 



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May 4. 

Third Day. 



was referred to the Committee on Boundaries, and so 
much as relates to Lay Delegation to the Committee 
on that subject. 



New York. 



Lay Delegation, 



NEW YORK CONFERENCE. 



Trial of mem 

bers. 



Wm, H. Ferris presented the memorial of S. D. 
Brown and forty-six others in favor of Lay Delega- 
tion, which was referred to the Committee on Lay 
Delegation. He also presented a resolution of the 
New York Conference, asking for a change in the 
Discipline in regard to persons removing without 
Church Certificates, which was referred to the Com- 
mittee on Revisals. 

A. M. Osbon presented a resolution of the New York 
Conference against a change of the Rule of Discipline 
in regard to members of the Quarterly Conference 
sitting upon the trial of members, which was referred 
to the Committee on Revisals. 
Lay Delegation. J, ]3. Wakeley presented a memorial against Lay 
Delegation from Sing Sing, signed by James M'Cord 
and thirty-six others, which was referred to the Com- 
mittee on Lay Delegation ; and also a resolution of 
the New York Conference, asking for a change in the 
Discipline concerning charges against Traveling Preach- 
ers, which was referred to the Committee on Revisals. 



New 

EA8T. 



Yobb NEW YORK EAST CONFERENCE. 

Daniel CuiTy presented a memorial of Abraham 
Bassett and seventeen others against Lay Representa- 
tion, which was referred to the Committee on that 
subject. 



North 
ana. 



Indi- 



Boundaries. 



Hymn Book for 

the Blind. 



NORTH INDIANA CONFERENCE. 

Thomas Bowman presented a memorial of the North 
Indiana Conference concerning Church property, which 
was referred to the Committee on Revisals. 

M. Mahin moved that so much of the Journal as re- 
lates to Boundaries be referred to the Committee on 
Boundaries. It was so referred. 

J. C. Medsker presented the action of the North 
Indiana Conference concerning a Hymn Book for the 



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Blind, which was referred to the Committee on the i SIay L 4, 

' Tbibd Day. 

Book Concern. 

NORTH OHIO CONFERENCE. North Ohio. 

On motion of J. F. Kennedy, so much of the Journal Boundaries, 
of the North Ohio Conference as relates to Boundaries 
was referred to the Committee on Boundaries. 

A. Wheeler presented the action of the Cleveland 
District Ministerial Association concerning periodicals, 
which was referred to the Committee on the Book 
Concern. 

W. D. Godman presented a petition from W. A. Cheap edition of 

*• L . Discipline. 

Ingham, of Cleveland, Ohio, concerning a cheap edition 

of the Discipline, which was referred to the Committee 

on the Book Concern. He also presented the action 

of the Preachers' Meeting of Cleveland on the National National Maga- 

Magazine, and the reduction of the number of papers, 

which was referred to the Committee on the Book 

Concern ; and from the same body concerning a new 

edition of the Hymn Book, which was referred to the 

Committee on the Book Concern. 

NORTHWEST INDIANA CONFERENCE. Northwest In- 

DIANA. 

On motion of J. C. Reed, so much of the Journal L t ^ i0I f epresen ' 
of the Northwest Indiana Conference as relates to 
Lay Representation was referred to the Committee on 
that subject. 

William Graham presented so much of the Journal Boundaries, 
of the Northwest Indiana Conference as relates to 
Boundaries, and it was referred to the Committee on 
Boundaries. 

Northwest 
NORTHWEST WISCONSIN CONFERENCE. Wisconsin. 

T. M. Fullerton presented the petition of S. D. Brad- Boundaries. 
shaAV and fourteen others on the subject of Boundaries, 
which was referred to the Committee on Boundaries ; 
and also a petition of Rev. W. Haw and six. others on 
the same subject, which was similarly referred ; and 
also a remonstrance against a change of Boundaries 
from the Leon Charge by J. Brooks and six others, 
and from the La Crosse Charge a petition signed by 



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May4. 
Thikd Day. 



Lay Represen- 
tation. 



the official members on the same subject, all of which 
was referred to the Committee on Boundaries. 

T. M. Fullerton also presented two petitions on Lay 
Representation, one from Rev. W. Haw and six others, 
and one from the La Crosse Charge, which were re- 
ferred to the Committee on Lay Representation. 



Oneida. ONEIDA CONFERENCE. 

On motion of A. S. Graves, so much of the Journal 
as relates to Church Extension was referred to the 
Committee on that subject, and so much of the Journal 
as relates to Episcopal Districts to the Committee on 
Episcopacy. 

Obegon. OREGON CONFERENCE. 

H. C. Benson presented the memorial of the Oregon 
Conference in relation to the Pacific Christian Advo- 
cate, which was referred to the Book Concern. 



Philadelphia. 
Boundaries. 



PHILADELPHIA CONFERENCE. 



J. Castle presented the memorial of General C. 
Albright and one hundred and sixty-two others on the 
subject of the Northern Boundary of the Philadelphia 
Conference, which was referred to the Committee on 
Boundaries. Also a memorial of twenty-nine members 

L taUo* epresen " of Pottsville on the subject of Lay Representation, 
which was appropriately referred ; and on his motion 
so much of the Journal of the Philadelphia Conference 
as relates to Lay Representation was referred to the 
Committee on that subject ; and so much of the 

teria?s°e f rvfce iS ' Journal as relates to the term of Ministerial Service 
was referred to the Committee on Itinerancy ; and so 
much of the Journal as relates to Tracts to the Com- 
mittee on Sunday-Schools and Tracts. He also pre- 
sented a memorial of W. Todd concerning Uniformity 
in Public Service, which was referred to the Committee 
on Revisals. 

William M'Combs moved that so much of the 
Journal as relates to a change of the Discipline as to 
the Trial of Members be referred to the Committee on 
Revisals, and the motion prevailed. On his motion, so 



Tracts. 



Temperance. 



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much of the Journal as relates to Temperance was re- May 4. 

. 1 Third Day. 

ferred to the Committee on Temperance. 

T. C. Murphy presented the memorial of the Phila- Tracts, 
delphia Conference Tract Society, which was referred 
to the Committee on Sunday-Schools and Tracts. 

PITTSBURGH CONFERENCE. PmsBTTBGH. 

Thomas M. Hudson presented the petition of Will- Lay Eepresen- 
iam Barrett and fifty-one others against Lay Repre- 
sentation, which was referred to the Committee on 
that subject. 

PROVIDENCE CONFERENCE. Providence. 

S. C. Brown presented the memorial of G. F. Dean 
and five others for Lay Representation, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Lay Representation. 

Daniel Wise presented the report and memorial of Sunday-School 
the Sunday-School Union, and the report and memo- 
rial of the Tract Society, and they were referred to the 
Committee on Sunday-Schools and Tracts. 

ROCK RIVER CONFERENCE. EoCK EivE b. 

R. A. Blanchard presented a memorial of himself 
and three others concerning Local Preachers, which was 
referred to the Committee on Revisals. 

SOUTHWESTERN GERMAN CONFERENCE. Southwestern 

Germ ax. 

William Schreck presented the memorial of W. 
Schramm and eleven others on Lay Representation, 
which was appropriately referred ; and also from F. 
Hansmeyer and six others on Lay Representation, 
which was referred to the same Committee. He also 
presented two memorials on Boundaries, one from Me- Boundaries. 
tropolis Mission, signed by G. Timken and fifteen 
others, and one from Golconda Circuit, signed by G. 
Triibger and twenty-two others, and they were re- 
ferred to the Committee on Boundaries. 

TROY CONFERENCE. Teoy. 

W. R. Brown presented the action of the Conference 
in relation to Singing, and it was referred to the Com- 
mittee on Revisals. 



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[1868. 



May 4. 
Thibd Day. 
Lay Represen- 
tation. 



C. F. Burdick presented the report of the Committee 
on Lay Representation adopted by the Conference, and 
it was referred to the Committee on that subject. 



Veemont. 



Lay Represen- 
tation. 



Boundaries. 



VERMONT CONFERENCE. 

Bennett Eaton presented certain law questions and 
exceptions to the rulings of the Chairman in a case 
tried at the last session of the Conference, and they 
were referred to the Committee on Itinerancy. 

A. L. Cooper presented the action of the Conference 
on Lay Representation, and it was referred to the 
Committee on that subject. 

P. P. Ray presented the action of the Conference on 
Boundaries, and it was referred to the Committee on 
that subject. 



West Wiscon- 
sin. 



WEST WISCONSIN CONFERENCE. 



Scandinavian 
Conference. 



Alfred Brunson presented a petition from the Con- 
ference, asking the organization of the Scandinavian 
Missions into an Annual Conference, and it was refer- 
red to the Special Committee on the Scandinavian 
Work. He also presented a memorial from the Minis- 
terial Association of Madison District on the subject of 
District Confer- District Conferences, and it was referred to the Com- 

6I1CGS. 

mittee on Itinerancy. He also presented a memorial 
Boundaries. from the Madison District on Boundaries, and it was 
referred to the Committee on Boundaries. 



Wisconsin. 



Lay Represen- 
tation. 



WISCONSIN CONFERENCE. 

W. G. Miller presented a petition in favor of Lay 
Representation from Bristol Charge, signed by I. M. 
Kellogg and twenty-one others, and it was referred to 
the Committee on that subject. 

C. D. Pillsbury presented three petitions in favor of 
Lay Representation, one from Allen's Grove Charge, 
signed by A. Woodard and seventeen others, one from 
Milton, signed by David Smith and seven others, and 
one from Footville, signed by R. J. Nott and twenty- 
one others, and they were referred to the Committee 
on Lay Representation. 



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WYOMING CONFERENCE. 



63 

May 4. 

Thied Day. 
Wyoming. 

R. Nelson presented the action of the Conference on Lay Represen- 
the subject of Lay Representation, and it was referred 
to the Committee on Lay Representation. 

Z. Paddock presented a memorial from Lisle Station 
in favor of Lay Representation, signed by S. H. 
French and seventeen others, and it was referred to 
the Committee on that subject. 

The roll of Conferences was called for the introduc- 
tion of miscellaneous business, and matters were pre- 
sented and disposed of as follows: 



CENTRAL OHIO CONFERENCE. Central Ohio. 

William G. Williams submitted the following reso- 
lution, which was adopted, namely : 

Resolved, That the Agents be requested to print the directory of Directory of 
the Conference, rules of order, and the list of the standing com- Conference. 
raittees, their places and hours of meeting, in pamphlet form, for 
the use of the members. 



CINCINNATI CONFERENCE. 

A. Lowry submitted the following preamble and 
resolution, which, on motion of J. M. Reid, was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Revisals : 

Whereas, It has been the tendency of all Churches, as their num- 
bers, wealth, and respectability increase, to discriminate less and 
less between the saved and unsaved, and to substitute rites, rela- 
tions, external services for spiritual religion; and 

Whereas, Our Church has begun to develop the same tendency ; 
and 

Whereas, The provisions of our Discipline, by which unconverted 
persons may be received in the same state if only they give evidence 
of a principle and habit of pietj^, open a wide door for crowding our 
Churches with unsaved members; therefore. 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be requested to con- 
sider the deep and solemn importance of so changing our Discipline 
as to grant all probationers free and constant access to the institu- 
tions and means of grace, and yet not admit any person into full 
fellowship until he profess to have realized the rich blessing of jits- 
tificatioa by faith. 



Cincinnati. 



Reception 
Members. 



of 



DETROIT CONFERENCE. 

E. O. Haven announced the death of the Rev. 
George Smith, a member of the Detroit Conference, 



Detroit. 



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[1868. 



May 4. 

Thied Dat. 



Genesee. 



Illinois. 



Mission Insti- 
tute on Pacific 
coast. 



Indiana. 



who was a member of the General Conference of 1844, 
and was chosen a reserve delegate to this body. 

On motion of B. F. Cocker, the following resolution 
was adopted, namely : 

Resolved, That the rule requiring duplicate copies to be furnished 
of all such portions of Annual Conference Journals as are referred 
to the several Committees of the General Conference be made to 
apply to all motions to refer made prior to the passage of that rule. 

GENESEE CONFERENCE. 

Thomas Carlton presented the repoit of the Book 
Agents at New York for the past four years, and it 
was referred to the Committee on the Book Concern. 
[For Report, see Appendix C, I.] 

ILLINOIS CONFERENCE. 

James Leaton submitted the following resolution, 
which, on motion, was referred to the Committee on 
Missions : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Missions be instructed to inquire 
into the expediency of establishing a Mission Institute on the Pa- 
cific coast for the purpose of educating Asiatic youths to be em- 
ployed as missionaries. 

He also presented the Quadrennial Report of the 
General Missionary Committee, and it was referred to 
the Committee on Missions, and ordered to be printed. 
[For Report, see Appendix G, I.] 

INDIANA CONFERENCE. 

B. F. Rawlins submitted the following resolution, 
namely : 

Resolved, That a special committee of nine, one from each Mission 
District, be appointed to take into consideration the periodical liter- 
ature of our Church, and that they be instructed to inquire into the 
revisions and improvements necessary in this department of our 
Church enterprise. 

On motion of W. H. Ferris, so much as relates to 
the appointment of a special committee was laid on 
the table, and the remainder of the resolution was re- 
ferred to the Committee on the Book Concern. 



Kansas. KANSAS CONFERENCE. 

On motion of D. P. Mitchell, the following preamble 
and resolutions were adopted, namely : 



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Journal of the General Conference. 



Whereas nearly all the members of this Conference are required 
to serve on several of the Standing Committees, (ranging from two 
to twelve;) and whereas all the members, especially those repre- 
senting the work on the border, are interested in the business to be 
transacted in all these Committees ; therefore 

Resolved, 1. That the Chairmen and Secretaries of the several 
Standing Committees have privilege to retire to the adjoining lec- 
ture room, and make such arrangements in regard to the times and 
places of the meeting of said Committees as in their judgment will 
best serve the interests of all the parties concerned. 

2. That, if practicable, they report the result of their action to 
this Conference in time to have it printed in the next issue of the 
Daily Christian Advocate. 

After the adoption of the foregoing paper the Chair- 
man and Secretaries of the several committees retired 
to make arrangements accordingly. 



65 

Miay 4. 

TniBD Day. 

Committee 
Meetings. 



MAINE CONFERENCE. Maine. 

On motion of H. P. Torsey, the following resolution 
was adopted, namely : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Education be requested to con- Educational in- 
sider the expediency of attempting to improve the educational in- terests. 
terests of the Church by the adoption of some general plan of 
thorough organization. 

F. B. Bangs offered the following resolution, and it 
was referred to the Committee on Revisals, namely: 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be instructed to inquire Pastors' reports, 
into the expediency of inserting in the Discipline a form of " pastors' 
reports " to the Quarterly Conference, and. if they find it expedient, 
to devise a form for such report. 

He also announced the recent death of Rev. Elijah 
Crane, a member of the Michigan Conference, and 
who was a member of the General Conference of 
1840. 

Israel Cogshall submitted the following resolution, 
which was referred to the Committee on Revisals, 
namely : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be instructed to inquire Order of bnsi- 
into the expediency of revising the order of business in the Quar- ness in Q" ar " 

» y-* /» Lt^ 1 I V V^\J 11 let 

terly Conference. enC e_ 



NEW HAMPSHIRE CONFERENCE. 

O. H. Jasper submitted the following resolution, 
and it was referred to the Committee on Revisals : 

5 



New Hamp- 
shire. 



May 4- 

Thikd Day. 

Election of 
Stewaids. 



Journal of the General Conference. 



[1868. 



Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be instructed to inquire 
into the propriety of so amending the Discipline (chap, ii, answer 
to question ii) as to make Stewards elective by their respective 
Churches. 



New York. 



Daniel Wise. 



New 
East. 



Yoek 



NEW YORK CONFERENCE. 

W. H. Ferris presented the following action of the 
Board of Managers of the Sunday-School Union to be 
entered upon the Journal, namely : 

New York, April 29, 1868. 
At a meeting of the Board of Managers of the Sunday-School 
Union of the Methodist Episcopal Church, held in the chapel of the 
Book Room in this city April 22 inst., the following resolution 
was unanimously adopted by a rising vote, and a copy ordered to 
be forwarded to the General Conference : 

Resolved, That this Board, now at its last meeting before the 
session of the General Conference, take occasion to express their 
most hearty appreciation and approval of the services of Rev. Dr. 
Wise as Sunda3'-School Editor and Corresponding Secretary during 
the last four years. 

A true copy from the Journal of the meeting, 

W. H. De Put, 
Recording Secretary 21. K S. S. Union. 

NEW YORK EAST CONFERENCE. 

Daniel Curry presented the report of the Central 
Centenary Committee, and it was referred to a special 
committee of five members, to be appointed on that 
subject. [For Report, see Appendix Q, I.] 



Noeth Ohio. NORTH OHIO CONFERENCE. 

Alfred Wheeler submitted the following resolution, 
and it was referred to the Committee on Revisals, to 
wit : 

Change of Dis- Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be instructed to inquire 

cipline. [ Q ^ tne expediency of striking out the word "both," in paragraph 

ii, section v, page 23G, of the Discipline, and inserting the word 

"one;" also of striking out the words " to be " in paragraph vii, 

same section, and inserting the words "one of whom shall be." 



NoethwestIn- NORTHWEST INDIANA CONFERENCE. 

DIANA. 

J. C. Reed offered the following resolution, and it 
was referred to the Committee on Sunday-School and 
Tract Cause, namely : 

Sunday-school Resolved, That the Committee on the Sunday-School and Tract 

cieties ' S °" Societies be requested to inquire into the expediency of blending 
these organizations. 



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67 



Fixing sites of 
Churches. 



May 4. 

third Day. 

OHIO CONFERENCE. ° HI °- 

J. M. Trimble submitted the report of the Trustees 
of the Methodist Episcopal Church ; and, on motion of 
F. C. Holliday, it was referred to a Special Committee 
of Seven on Trusteeship of the Methodist Episcopal 
Church, to be appointed. [For Report, see Appen- 
dix R, I.] 

On motion of J. M. Trimble, the following resolution 
was referred to the Committee on Revisals, namely : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be requested to 
examine into the propriety of so changing the wording of the second 
answer in line vii, chapter iii, section i, page 2G1, building churches, 
by inserting after the words houses of worship, " to determine the 
site." The paragraph would then read, " It shall be the duty of the 
Quarterly Conference of every circuit or station where it is contem- 
plated to build a house or houses of worship to select the site, to 
secure the ground," etc. 

B. 1ST. Spahr submitted a revised order of business 
for Quarterly Conferences, which, on motion, was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Revisals. 

ONEIDA CONFERENCE. 

A. S, Graves offered the following resolution, which, 
on motion, was referred to the Committee on the Book 
Concern, to wit : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Book Concern be instructed to General Mln- 

inquire into the expediency of requesting the Book Agents to deliver ^j 5 an £ ^,'^ 

to each Annual Conference a copy of all the General Minutes, and C nee Journals, 
the Journals of the General Conference. 



Oneida. 



PHILADELPHIA CONFERENCE. Philadelphia. 

James Cunningham offered the following resolution, 
which was adopted, namely : 

Resolved, That a special committee, consisting of at least five, be Anti-tobacco, 
appointed on the use of tobacco, to which all memorials and resolu- 
tions on that subject shall be referred. 

After the adoption of the foregoing resolution lie 
presented a memorial against the use of tobacco from 
the Local Preachers 1 and Exhorters' Association of 
Philadelphia, and it was referred to the aforesaid 
Committee. 



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May 4. 
Third Day. 
Pittsbcegh. PITTSBURGH CONFERENCE. 

A. J. Endsley offered the following resolution, and it 
was referred to the Committee on Revisals, to wit : 

Preachers on Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be requested to inquire 
trial eligible in mt0 tlie expediency of so changing our Discipline as to make preach- 
toorcUnation 8 ' ers on trial, when placed in charge of a circuit or station, eligible 
to Deacons' orders. 

O. N. Hartshorn offered the following resolution, 
and it was referred to the Committee on Revisals, to 
wit : 

Court of Ap- Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be instructed to con- 
peala to meet s ider the propriety of establishing a Court of Appeals, empowered 
1 to meet in the interval of the Ceneral Conference to try cases in- 



of the General 
Conference 



volving moral character. 



Rock Rivee. 

Report of West- 
ern Book 
Agents. 



ROCK RIVER CONFERENCE. 

L. Hitchcock presented the Quadrennial Report of 
the Agents of the "Western Book Concern, and it was 
referred to the Committee on the Book Concern. [For 
Report, see Appendix C, III.] 



Southeastern 
Indiana. 



SOUTHEASTERN INDIANA CONFERENCE. 

F. C. Ilolliday offered the following resolution, and 
it was referred to the Committee on Missions, to 
wit : 

Iirsolved, That the Committee on Missions be instructed to in- 
quire into the practicability of incorporating the Church Extension 
Society and the work of the Freedmen's Aid Society into our Gen- 
eral Missionary Society, and report thereon. 



SOTTTHEEN 
LI.VOIS. 



I L . SOUTHERN ILLINOIS CONFERENCE. 

At the request of the delegates from this Conference 
J. B. Corrington was changed from the Court of Ap- 
peals to the Committee on the Book Concern, and A. 
B. Morrison was changed from the Committee on the 
Book Concern to the Court of Appeals ; and J. B. 
Corrington was released from the Committee on 
Sunday-Schools and Tracts, and A. B. Morrison was 
appointed a member of the Committee in his stead. 



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]May 4. 

Third Day. 
TROY CONFERENCE. Tkot. 

R. H. Robinson offered the following resolution, 
and it was referred to the Committee on Revisals, 
to wit : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be requested to inquire 
into the expediency of so altering our book of Discipline (if such 
alteration be necessary) as to render ministers eligible to Deacons' 
orders who may be appointed in charge of circuits or stations. 



UPPER IOWA CONFERENCE. Uppes Iowa. 

William Brush submitted the following preamble 
and resolution, and it was referred to the Committee 
on Revisals, namely : 

Whereas. No reference is made in our Discipline to the subject of 
withdrawals : therefore, 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be requested to take 
into consideration the expediency of preparing a paragraph on the 
subject for insertion in the Discipline. 

The further organization of. standing committees Chairmen ami 

n 5 ii Secretaries of 

was announced as follows, namely : standing com- 



On Missions: W. H. Goode, Chairman; J. E. 
King, Secretary. 

On -Education : John M'Clintock, Chairman ; John 
W. Locke, Secretary. 

On Revisals: B. F. Crary, Chairman; R. Xelson, 
Secretary. 

On Sunday- Schools and Tracts: D. Wise, Chair- 
man ; B. St. James Fry, Secretary. 

On Church Extension: J. M. Reid, Chairman; A. 
J. Kynett, Secretary ; R. IT. Pattison, Assistant 
Secretary. 

On Lay Representation : E. O. Haven, Chairman ; 
James Leaton, Secretary ; B. I. Ives, Assistant Sec- 
retary. 

On the State of the Church: L. D. Barrows, Chair- 
man ; W. D. Godman, Secretary. 

On Freedmen: Thomas Bowman, Chairman; J. 
M. Walden, Secretary ; D. P. Mitchell, Assistant 
Secretary. 

John Lanahan presented the appeal of R. P. Bell 
from the action of the Washington Conference ex- 



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May4. pelling him from the Church, and it was referred to 

THIED DAV. the Court of Appeals- 

William Reddy offered the following resolution, 
which was adopted, namely: 

Eule of Order. Resolved, That resolutions offered to this Conference contempla- 
ting verbal alterations of the Discipline shall state the language of 
the paragraph or line proposed to be altered, and also the language 
to be substituted. 

On motion, the Chairmen and Secretaries of the 
standing committees had leave to meet this afternoon 
at half past two o'clock, to complete arrangements as 
to times and places of meeting of the several com- 
mittees, that the same may be published in the Daily 
Advocate of to-morrow morning. 

On motion, Conference adjourned. The Doxology 
having been sung, the Benediction was pronounced by 
Henry W. Reed, of Upper Iowa Conference. 



May 5. 

Fourth Day. 



Itules of Order. 



Pastoral 
dress. 

State of 
Country. 



Ad- 



the 



Expenses 

Delegates. 



of 



Scandinavian 
Work. 



TUESDAY MORNING, MAY 5. 

Conference met this morning, Bishop Clark in the 
chair. 

The religious services were conducted by W. H. 
Ferris, of the New York Conference. 

The Journal of yesterday was read, and approved. 

The President announced the following special 
committees : 

On Hides of Order: A. M. Osbon, A. Branson, J. 
Pike, F. A. Hester, A. Wheeler, T. C. Murphy, G. W. 
Maltby. 

Pastoral Address : G. Peck, J. Castle, F. C. Holli- 
day, W. Nast, J. Lanahan, A. Lowry, L. R. Thayer. 

State of the Country : F. G. Hibbard, Z. Paddock, 
II. W. Reed, J. C. Harrison, C. F. Allen, R. A. Ca- 
ruthers, A. Bland, E. II. Stokes, W. G. Williams. 

Expenses of Delegates : J. S. Porter, D. Sherman, 
W. Graham, W. H. Olin, P. T. Rhodes, E. Q. Fuller, 
J. Dillon. 

Scandinavian Work: H. Slicer, W. H. Hunter, E. 
J. L. Baker, J. M. Arnold, A. H. Ferguson, L. P. 
French, J. F. Chaffee. 



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G. 



Temperance: G. Haven, R. Haney, W. B. Edwards, May 

B. I. Ives, J. Kendall, J. C. Reed, B. Pilsbu.y. ^ZlT. 
American Bible Society : D. Curry, J. T. Crane, G. American Bible 

D. Carrow, B. F. Cocker, R. H. Robinson, G. L. Mul- Sodety ' 
linger, W. Young. 

American and Foreign Christian Union: J. P. American and 

. " I oreign Chns- 

Durbin, H. Bannister, C. S. Vancleve, A. J. Kynett, tian union. 

C. D. Pillsbury, J. Colby, M. A. Daugherty. 

On Seamen : G. W. Woodruff, D. L. Dempsey, I. S. 0u Seamen. 
Bingham, F. B. Bangs, J. B. Wentworth. 

Better Organization of our Local Preachers : S. II. Local Preack- 
Nesbit, P. Akers, A. Wood, J. H. Power, J. B. Wake- 
ley, P. P. Ray, J.H. C. Dosh. 

Centenary Report : W. H. Ferris, T. M. Eddy, J. c ™£ mV7 Ee " 
Erwin, H. P. Torsey, J. M. Walden. 

Trusteeship of the Methodist Episcopal Church : D. ^jf^Pjch' 
P. Kidder, W. L. Harris, C. Brooks, J. L. Smith, F. A. 
Blades, C. A. Holmes, J. W. Locke. 

On the Use of Tobacco: J. Cunningham, B. Eaton, Use of Tobacco. 
J. F. Kennedy, D. P. Hulburt, I. Cogshall, W. Goss, 
H. Fiesrenbaum. 

An invitation was received from the Chicago Board Visit to Board 

° of Trade. 

of Trade to visit the Board any day between the hours 
of eleven o'clock A.M. and one o'clock P.M. at the 
convenience of the Conference. 

On motion of L. Hitchcock the invitation was ac- 
cepted, and a committee of five was ordered to make 
suitable arrangements for the visit. 

The President called the roll of Conferences for the Conferences 

• • -it it called- 

presentation of petitions, memorials, and appeals, and 
they were presented and referred as follows : 



BALTIMORE CONFERENCE. Baltijioee. 

E. II. Waring presented the appeal of*Rev. J. N. Appeal of j. n. 
Davis from the decision of the Baltimore Conference, 



and it was referred to the Committee on Appeals. 



BLACK RIVER CONFERENCE. • Black Eivee. 

I. S. Bingham presented the action of the Black Book on Ecde- 
River Conference in relation to the publication of an 



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May 5. 

FouetiiDay. 

Episcopal Dis- 
tricts. 



authoritative standard book of ecclesiastical law, and it 
was referred to the Committee on the Book Concern. 

I. S. Bingham also presented so much of the Journal 
as relates to the Districting the Episcopal Work, and 
proposed its reference to the Committee on Itinerancy. 

B. N. Spahr moved its reference to the Committee 
on Episcopacy. D. P. Mitchell moved to lay this lat- 
ter motion on the table, but the motion did not prevail. 
The motion to refer the matter to the Committee on 
Episcopacy was lost by a vote of eighty-one to one 
hundred and four, and the paper was referred to the 
Committee on Itinerancy. 



Califobnia. 



CALIFORNIA CONFERENCE. 



Chinese. 



Missionary Sec- 
retary for Pa- 
cific Coast. 



Bishops' 

dress. 



J. W. Ross presented the ajspeal of S. D. Simonds, 
and it was referred to the Committee on Appeals. 

J. B. Hill presented so much of the Journal as 
ralates to the Evangelization of the Chinese and the 
appointment of a Missionary Secretary for the Pacific 
Coast, and it was referred to the Committee on 
Missions. 

On motion of J. S. Porter, the Rules were sus- 
Ad- pended to take up the Order of the Day; when Bishop 
Simpson read the Episcopal Address to the General 
Conference. 

At the conclusion of the Address R. Nelson offered 
the following resolution, which was adopted, namely : 



Bishops 1 Ad- 
dress to be 
printed. 



Bishops' ' Ad- 
dress referred. 



Bishop Janes to 
report his Visit 
us a delegate 
to English and 
Irish Wesleyan 
Conferences. 



Resolved, 1. That the Book Agents be instructed to prist the 
Quadrennial Episcopal Address in pamphlet form, and that the 
same be distributed pro rata among the delegations according to 
the number of delegates from each Conference. 

Resolved, 2. That the Quadrennial Address of the Bishops be pub- 
lished also in the Christian Advocate, and in all our other Church 
papers. 

On motion of G. W. Woodruff, the several parts of 
the Bishops' Address were appropriately referred to 
the various committees having the different subjects 
respectively in charge. [For Address, see Appendix 

A, L] 

On motion of the Secretary, the Report of Bishop 
Janes as a delegate from the General Conference of 
1804 to the Wesleyan Conferences of England and of 



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Ireland, together with the presentation of the Address May 5. 
of those bodies respectively to this General Confer- FouKTH AT - 
ence, was made the Order of the Day for ten o'clock 
in the forenoon of Thursday next. 

At the request of E. J. L. Baker, he was excused 
from the Special Committee on the Scandinavian 
Work, and R. H. Hurlburt was appointed in his stead. 

The call of Conferences for the presentation of peti- 
tions, memorials, and appeals was resumed, and they 
were presented and referred as follows : 

CENTRAL GERMAN CONFERENCE. Central Ger- 

1IAN. 

W. Xast presented a memorial from the Southern 
District of the Mission Conference of Germany and 
Switzerland, and it was referred to the Committee on 
Revisals. He also presented a memorial from the 
same district, which was referred to the Committee on 
Itinerancy. 

J. Rothweiler presented so much of the Journal as Lay Represen- 
relates to Lay Representation, and it was referred to 
the Committee on that subject. He also presented the 
action of the Conference on the appointment of Pre- 
siding Elders, and it was referred to the Committee on 
Itinerancy. 



CENTRAL ILLINOIS CONFERENCE. Central Illi- 

nois. 

P. T. Rhodes presented the action of the Conference 
on Lay Delegation, and it was referred to the Com- 
mittee on that subject. 

CENTRAL OHIO CONFERENCE. Central Ohio. 

P. S. Donelson presented the action of the Confer- 
ence on Boundaries, and it was referred to the Com- 
mittee- on Boundaries. 

W. J. Wells presented a memorial from D. Cable, Quarterly cou- 

> ft?rcnccs 

of Kenton, Ohio, in relation to empowering Quarterly 
Conferences to determine the location of houses of 
worship, and it was referred to the Committee on Re- 
visals. He also presented a petition from Upper San- Lay Delegation, 
dusky in favor of Lay Delegation, signed by William 



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May £5. 

Fourth Day. 

Action of the 
India Confer- 
ence. 



Constitution of 
Missionary So- 
ciety. 



China Mission 
Conference. 



King and ten others, and it was referred to the Com- 
mittee on Lay Representation. 

W. L. Harris presented the action of the India Con- 
ference against the appointment of resident Bishop for 
India for at least four years to come, and also request- 
ing a visit from one of the Bishops of the Church as 
early as the time of the next session of the India Con- 
ference, and it was referred to the Committee on Epis- 
copacy. He also presented a Revised Constitution of 
the Missionary Society, and it was referred to the 
Committee on Missions ; also a memorial from the 
China Mission, asking to be organized into an Annual 
Conference, and the Address of the Mission Confer- 
ence of Germany and Switzerland, and they were re- 
ferred to the Committee on Missions. 



Cincinnati. 



Lay Represen- 
tation. 



CINCINNATI CONFERENCE. 

Asbury Lowry submitted the following memorials 
on Lay Representation, to wit : one from the First 
Charge, Urbana, signed by J. Eichleberger and eight 
others in favor, and by Joseph "W". Hitt and two 
others against it; one from Urbana, signed by J. 
Armstrong and forty-six others in favor, and by Mr. 
Arrowsmith and forty-one others against it; one from 
Springfield, Ohio, signed by E. C. Middleton and forty- 
six others in favor of Lay Delegation, and one from 
Mrs. E. C. Middleton and thirty-nine other women 
and minors, and one from the Quarterly Conference of 
the Second Charge, Urbana, in favor of Lay Delega- 
tion, and they were referred to the Committee on that 
subject. 



Des Moines. 



Boundaries. 



Appeal of N. L. 
Phillips. 

Lay Represen- 
tation. 



DES MOINES CONFERENCE. 

D. Lamont presented the action of the Conference 
on Boundaries, and also a petition from Monroe, 
signed by F. M. Slusser and fifteen others, and they 
were referred to the Committee on Boundaries. 

W. Brush presented the appeal of N. L. Phillips, and 
it was referred to the Committee on Appeals. 

B. Mitchell presented a memorial in favor of Lay 
Representation from Osceola Station, signed by A. 



1868.] Journal of the General Conference. 75 

Knotts and thirteen others, and it was referred to the M!ay 5. 
Committee on that subject. FoirBTH Dat ' 



EAST BALTIMORE CONFERENCE. East Balti- 

MOBE. 

J. H. C. Dosh presented the action of the Confer- Episcopal Be- 
ence relating to an Episcopal Decision of Bishop Thom- 
son, and one of Bishop Clark, and it was referred to 
the Committee on Episcopacy. He also presented a Boundaries, 
resolution asking that the line between the Phila- 
delphia and East Baltimore Conferences be more clear- 
ly defined, and it was referred to the Committee on 
Boundaries. 

EAST GENESEE -CONFERENCE. East Genesee. 

J. "W. Lindsay presented memorials in favor of Lay Lay Represen- 
Representation : one from Lyons, signed by R. Har- 
rington and seventeen others ; one from Castleton and 
Orleans, signed by J. B. Esty and twenty-seven others ; 
one from Canandaigua, signed by Henry Aldrich and 
thirty others ; and one from Phelps, signed by J. M. 
Kelson and fourteen others, and they were referred to 
the Committee on Lay Delegation. 

K. P. Jervis presented the action of the Conference Boundaries, 
in relation to Boundaries, and in relation to Sunday- 
School Instruction, and the matters were appropriately 
referred. 

EAST MAINE CONFERENCE. East Maine. 

S. H. Beale presented memorials on Lay Represen- Lay Represen- 
tation : one from Bangor Chapel, signed by John S. 
Ayer and fourteen others ; one from Camden, signed 
by C. Hubbard and twelve others; one from Southport, 
signed by F. Grover and six others; one from Hamp- 
den, signed by Dr. R. Stevenson and thirty others ; 
one from Corinth, signed by J. C. Worth and ten 
others; one from Lebec, signed by C. M'Pherson and 
three others ; and one from Second Church, Bangor, 
signed by P. F. Goldthwaite and eight others ; an'd 
they were referred to the Committee on Lay Rep- 
resentation. 



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[1868. 



May 5. 

Foueth Day. 
Eeie. 
Boundaries, 



Lay Represen- 
tation. 



Boundaries. 



Boundaries. 



Appeal of I. O. 
Fisher. 



Genesee. 

Lay Delega- 
tion. 



ERIE CONFERENCE. 

R. H. Hurlburt presented a memorial on Boundaries 
from Clarion District, signed by R. H. Hurlburt and 
six hundred and fifty-three others ; and it was referred 
to the Committee on Boundaries. 

R. A. Caruthers presented the action of the Erie 
Conference on Boundaries, and it was referred to the 
Committee on Boundaries. He also presented the 
action of the following Quarterly Conferences in favor 
of Lay Representation, to wit: Waterloo, Lowell and 
Edinburgh, Delaware Grove, and Poland ; and of the 
following against Lay Representation, to wit : New 
"Wilmington, Chardon, and Wilmington ; and they 
were referred to the Committee on that subject. He 
also presented the proceedings of the following 
Quarterly Conferences on Boundaries, namely, Water- 
loo, Lowell, Delaware Grove, Mount Jackson, Poland, 
Jefferson, and Sharon ; and they were referred to the 
Committee on Boundaries. 

E. J. L. Baker presented memorials from the First 
Methodist Episcopal Church of Erie City, from. Simp- 
son, Edinboro', Millville, Fairview, Northeast, Albion 
and Lockport, Girard, M'Kean, and Springfield, in rela- 
tion to Boundaries, and they were referred to the 
Committee on Boundaries. 

George W. Clarke presented the papers in the case 
of I. O. Fisher, and they were referred to the Court of 
Appeals. 

GEXESEE CONFERENCE. 

Thomas Carlton presented a memorial from St. 
Paul's Church, Elizabeth, New Jersey, signed by J. 
O. Hoyt and seven other official members in favor of 
Lay Delegation, and it was referred to the Committee 
on that subject. 



Illinois. 



Lay Represen- 
tation. 



ILLINOIS CONFERENCE. 



James Leaton presented memorials in favor of Lay 
Representation : one from Monticello, signed by D. 
Stickle and twenty-one others ; one from Virden, signed 
by M. A. Hewes and twenty-four others ; one from 



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77 



Mattoon, signed by W. Stevenson and twelve others ; 
one from each of the following Quarterly Conferences, 
namely, Champaigne, Jacksonville, (West Charge,) 
Springfield, and Astoria, and also the action of the 
Illinois Conference on that subject ; and they were re- 
ferred to the Committee on Lay Representation. He 
also submitted the action of the Conference on Bound- 
aries, and the action of the Mattoon District Con- 
ference on the same subject ; and they were referred 
to the Committee on Boundaries. He also submitted 
the action of the Illinois Conference on certain book 
debts ; and it was referred to the Committee on 
the Book Concern. He also submitted the action 
of the Quarterly Conference of the West Charge, 
Jacksonville, in relation to the enlargement of 
Districts ; and it was referred to the Committee on 
Itinerancy. 

W. J. Rutledge presented memorials on the subject 
of Boundaries, one from Pulaski Circuit, signed by 
Rev. L. Janes and eicrht others : one from Pennington 
Point Circuit, signed by C. T. Kerr and eighteen 
others ; one from Vermont-street, Quincy, signed by 
W. A. Williamson and nine others, with a vote of a 
general class of thirty-five members, and another 
from the same Charge, signed by George Adams and 
thirty-five others; and they were referred to the Com- 
mittee on Boundaries. 

At the request of the delegation, James Leaton was 
transferred from the Committee on Revisals to the 
Committee on Itinerancy, and Emnior Elliot was 
transferred from the Committee on Itinerancy to the 
Committee on Revisals. 



May 5- 

Fourth Dat. 



Boundaries. 



Book debts. 



Enlargement of 
Districts. 



Boundaries. 



Change on 
Committees. 



INDIANA CONFERENCE. 



Indiana. 



Daniel M'Intyre presented a memorial from Loo- Lay Represen- 
gootee in favor of Lay Representation, signed by 
James B. Maston and twenty-eight others ; and one 
against Lay Representation from Livonia Circuit, 
signed by J. C. Boyden and twenty-five others ; and 
they were referred to the Committee on that subject. 



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JNlay 5. 

Fourth Day. 
Iowa. 

Lay Represen- 
tation. 



IOWA CONFERENCE. 



J. H. Power presented a petition from Columbus 
City Circuit in favor of Lay Representation, signed by 
H. B. Kirkpatrick and nine others, and it was re- 
ferred to the Committee on that subject. 



Maine. 



Book Concern. 



Lay Represen- 
tation. 



MAINE CONFERENCE. 

H. P. Torsey presented the action of the Conference 
on the Book Concern ; and it was referred to the Com- 
mittee on the Book Concern. 

C. Munger presented the action of the Conference 
on Lay Representation ; and it was referred to the 
Committee on that subject. 



Michigan. 



Supernumera- 
ries. 



MICHIGAN CONFERENCE. 



R. C. Crawford presented the action of the Con- 
ference relating to Supernumeraries living without the 
bounds of their respective Conferences ; and it was 
referred to the Committee on Revisals. 



Minnesota. 
Book Concern. 



Lay Represen- 
tation. 



MINNESOTA CONFERENCE. 

J. F. Chaffee presented the action of the Conference 
relating to the Book Concern ; and it was referred to 
the Committee on that subject. He also presented 
two petitions from Minneapolis in favor of Lay Rep- 
resentation, one signed by H. G. Harrison and seven 
others, and one signed by W. O. Hiskey and eleven 
others ; and they were referred to the Committee on 
Lay Representation. 

Cyrus Brooks presented a resolution of the Minne- 
sota Conference on Lay Representation, and it was re- 
ferred to the Committee on that subject. 



MlSSOTTBI AND 

Akkansas. 



Church 
erty. 



Prop- 



MISSOURI AND ARKANSAS CONFERENCE. 

Benjamin St. James Fry presented a memorial from 
St. Joseph and other charges relating to Church Prop- 
erty, signed by Rev. J. W. Flowers and seven others, 
and it was referred to the Committee on Church Ex- 
tension. 



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May 5. 

NEVADA CONFERENCE. FoubthDay. 

Nevada. 

A. N. Fisher presented the action of the Conference Boundaries, 
on Boundaries, and also the action of the Conference 
relating to the election of Publishing Committee of Publishing 

, _, ,. _ . _ . . Committee. 

the California Christian Advocate ; and the former 
was referred to the Committee on Boundaries, and the 
latter to the Committee on the Book Concern. 

NEWARK CONFERENCE. Newark. 

J. S. Porter presented a memorial on Temperance Temperance, 
from the Quarterly Conference of New Providence, 
and also a remonstrance against Lay Delegation from Lay Delegation. 
Rockton, Rock River Conference, signed by George 
TV. Springer and seven others, and they were appropri- 
ately referred. 

NEW ENGLAND CONFERENCE. NewEnglanb. 

L. R. Thayer submitted the action of the Conference chaplaincies. 
relating to Chaplaincies in the army and navy of the 
United States, and it was referred to the Committee 
on the State of the Church. 

NEW HAMPSHIRE CONFERENCE. New Ham> - 

sniKE. 

James Pike presented the action of the Conference Lay Eepresen- 
on Lay Representation, and it was referred to the tatlon ' 
Committee on that subject. 

NEW YORK CONFERENCE. New Yoke. 

John M'Clintock presented a petition from Trinity Lay Eepresen- 
Church, New York, signed by H. M. Forrester and 
thirty-seven others in favor of Lay Representation, 
and it was referred to the Committee on Lay Repre- 
sentation. 

P. R. Brown presented the action of the New York American and 

Knroi^rn 01 ins- 

Conference, relating to the American and Foreign Han Union. 
Christian Union, and it was referred to the Special 
Committee on that subject. 

A. H. Ferguson presented the action of the Confer- S g™!£ t n ' sFriend 
ence relating to the Seamen's Friend Society, and it 
was referred to the Special Committee on that subject. 



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May 5. 

Fourth Day. 



NEW YORK EAST CONFERENCE. 



New 
East 



Toek 



George W. "Woodruff presented a petition for Lay 

Lay Bepresen- & . J 

tation. Representation from Durham, signed by W. H. Walk- 

ley and thirty-two others, and it was referred to the 
Seamen'sFriend Committee on Lay Representation. He also presented 

Society. 

a memorial from the American Seamen's Friend Soci- 
ety, and it was referred to the Special Committee on 
that subject. 



NOBTH 
ANA. 



INDI- 



NORTH INDIANA CONFERENCE. 



A Layto\i ° f 8 ' ^- Mahin presented the appeal of S. Layton, and it 
was referred to the Court of Appeals. 



North Ohio. 

Lay Represen- 
tation. 



NORTH OHIO CONFERENCE. 

A. Wheeler presented two petitions in favor of Lay 
Representation, one from the Quarterly Conference of 
Richfield Circuit, and the other from Elyria, signed by 
E. C. Griswold and thirty-two others, and they were 
referred to the Committee on Lay Representation. 



North western 
German. 



NORTHWESTERN GERMAN CONFERENCE. 



Lay Represen- F. Schuler presented a petition from Clybourne 

tation. . •*•«■¥■ -T-. • -*-iiti 

Avenue in favor of Lay Representation, signed by r. 



dership. 



Dreiske and thirty-four others, and it was referred to 
Presiding Ei- the Committee on that subject. He also presented the 
action of the Conference concerning the appointment of 
Presiding Elders, and it was referred to the Committee 
on Itinerancy. 



Northwest 
Wisconsin. 

Boundaries. 



NORTHWEST WISCONSIN CONFERENCE. 

T. M. Fullerton presented four memorials on Bound- 
aries : one from Augusta Circuit, signed by L. H. 
Campbell and twenty-seven others ; one from Hixton 
and Fair Valley Circuit, signed by Rev. J. Curran and 
twenty-six others ; one from Black River Falls, signed 
by Rev. R. R. "Wood and ten others ; and also a tran- 
script of the Conference record on the same subject, 
and they were referred to the Committee on Bound- 
aries. He also presented a transcript of the record of 



1868.] Journal of the General Conference. 81 

the Conference on Lay Representation, and also a me- May s. 
morial on the same subject from Hixton and Fair Val- FoDKTH Day - 
ley Circuit, signed by Rev. J. Curran and nine others, tation. 
and they were referred to the Committee on Lay Rep- 
resentation. He also presented a transcript of the Freedmen. 
record of the Conference on Sum-age, which was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Freedmen ; and the action 
of the Conference against Rebaptism as maladministra- Baptism. 
tion, and it was referred to the Committee on Revisals. 

OHIO CONFERENCE. Omo. 

S. M. Merrill presented the action of the Conference 
in reference to members holding certificates, and it was 
referred to the Committee on Revisals. 

John Dillon presented a remonstrance against Lay Lay Delegation. 
Delegation from Beaver Circuit Quarterly Conference 
by John If. Kirkpatrick, a local Elder, and fifteen 
others, representing a membership of two hundred and 
seventy-five, and it was referred to the Committee on 
Lay Representation. 

ONEIDA CONFERENCE. Oneida. 

W. H. Olin presented a petition for Lay Representa- Lay Kepreson- 
tion from Sauquoit, signed by Theodore Sanford and 
four others, and one from the same Charge against 
Lay Representation, signed by Henry Griffin and five 
others, and they were referred to the Committee on 
Lay Representation. 

A. S. Graves presented the action of the Conference 
on Lay Representation, and it was referred to the 
Committee on that subject. He also presented the Freedmen. 
action of the Conference on Freedmen, and it was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Freedmen. 

PHILADELPHIA CONFERENCE. Philadelphia. 

Joseph Castle presented the report of the managers church Exten- 
of the Church Extension Society, and it was referred 
to the Committee on that subject and ordered to be 
printed. 

William L. Gray presented memorials on the sub- Boundaries, 
ject of Boundaries, one from Middletown Charge, 

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May 5. 

Fotjbtii Day. 



signed by Rev. Allen John and one other, one from 
Wiconisco and Lykens, signed by John Durbin and 
twenty-four others, one from Talbot Charge, signed 
by A. W. Leake and twenty-two others, and one from 
Wilmington, Delaware, signed by Rev. James Riddle, 
and they were referred to the Committee on Bound- 
aries. 



PlTTBBTJKGH. 



Boundaries. 



Freedmen. 



Lay Represen- 
tation. 



PITTSBUKGH CONFERENCE. 

D. L. Dempsey jjresented the action of the Pitts- 
burgh Conference on the subject of Boundaries, and 
it was referred to the Committee on Boundaries. 

O. N. Hartshorn presented the action of the Confer- 
ence on Freedmen, and it was referred to the Commit- 
tee on that subject. 

S. H. Xesbit presented the action of the Conference 
on Lay Representation, and it was referred to the 
Committee on that subject. 



Providence. 



Boundaries. 



PROVIDENCE CONFERENCE. 



Sunday-Schools 
and Tracts. 



S. C. Brown presented the action of the Conference 
on Boundaries, and it was referred to the Committee 
on Boundaries. 

Daniel Wise presented the report and memorial of 
the Editor of the Sunday-School and Tract publica- 
tions, respecting the duties of his department, and it 
was referred to the Committee on Sunday-Schools and 
Tracts. 
Lay Delegation. M. J. Talbot presented the action of the Conference 
on Lay Delegation, and it was referred to the Com- 
mittee on that subject. He also presented the action 
of the Conference on the election of Stewards, and it 
was referred to the Committee on Revisals. Also, the 
action of the Conference on Episcopal Districts, and it 
was referred to the Committee on Itinerancy. Also, 
the action of the Conference on the American and 
Foreign Christian Union, and it was referred to the 
special committee on that subject ; also, the action of 
the Conference on a circular from the Minnesota Con- 
ference, and it was referred to the Committee on the 
Book Concern. 



Stewards. 



Episcopal 
tricts. 



Dis- 



American and 
Foreign Chris- 
tian Union. 



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May 5 . 

Fourth Day. 
ROCK RIVER CONFERENCE. EockBiyee. 

R. A. Blanchard presented the action of the Confer- Divorce. 
ence on Divorce, and it was referred to the Committee 
on Revisals. 

On motion of L. Hitchcock, so much of the report Scandinavian 

Paper. 

of the Agents of the Western Book Concern as relates 
to the publishing a Paper in the Scandinavian Language 
was referred to the special committee on the Scandi- 
navian Work. 

James Baume presented a memorial on LayDelega- Lay Delegation. 
tion from Evanston, signed by L. Gage and thirty- 
seven others, and it was referred to the Committee on 
that subject. 

E. Q. Fuller presented the action of the Conference Book concern. 
on the Book Concern, and also its action on Lay Dele- 
gation, and they were appropriately referred. 



SOUTHERN ILLINOIS CONFERENCE. Southern Ti.u- 

KOIS. 

J. B. Corrington presented a resolution on Lay Rep- Lay represen- 



tation 



resentation from the Greenville Quarterly Conference, 
and it was referred to the Committee on that subject. 



SOUTHWESTERN GERMAN CONFERENCE. Sotjthwesterx 

GSBHAB. 

H. Fiegenbaum presented a memorial on Lay Delega- Lay Delegation- 
tion from Quincy, signed by W. Metz and seventeen 
others, and it was referred to the Committee on that 
subject. 

TROY CONFERENCE. Trot. 

W. R. Brown presented the action of the Conference 
against a change in the trial of members, and it was 
referred to the Committee on Revisals. 

C. F. Burdick presented the action of the Official Boundaries. 
Boards of Pittsfleld and other charges in relation to 
Boundaries, and also the action of North Adams 
Quarterly Conference on the same subject, and they 
were referred to the Committee on Boundaries. 



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May t5. 

Fourth Day. 
Uppee Iowa. 



Lay Represen- 
tation. 



UPPER IOWA CONFERENCE. 

W. Brush presented the appeals of H. Pilbeam and 
J. W. Waterbury, and they were referred to the Court 
of Appeals. 

D. N. Holmes presented a memorial from Fayette 
Station on Lay Delegation, signed by Professor A. F. 
Nightingale and six others, and it was referred to the 
Committee on Lay Representation. 



West Wiscon- 
sin. 



WEST WISCONSIN CONFERENCE. 



Baptism. 



A. Branson presented the petition of John L. Will- 
iams for a revision of the Discipline in reference to Bap- 
tism, and it was referred to the Committee on Revisals. 
Lay Delegation. R. Dudgeon presented a memorial in favor of Lay 
Delegation from Montello, signed by H. W. Hull and 
eleven others, and one from Baraboo against Lay 
Representation, signed by Joel Tyler and thirty-three 
others, and they were referred to the Committee on 
that subject. He also presented two memorials on 
Boundaries: one from Kilbonrne City District, and 
one from Mineral Point District, and they were refer- 
red to the Committee on Boundaries. 



"Wisconsin. 



WISCONSIN CONFERENCE. 



Lay Delegation. H. Bannister presented three petitions in favor of 
Lay Delegation : one from Kingston, signed by "Will- 
iam Judd and eleven others, one from Beaver Dam, 
signed by D. Newman and seventeen others ; and one 
from Cambria, signed by William Rees and eighteen 
others, and they were referred to the Committee on 
Lay Delegation. 

Samuel Fallows presented three petitions for Lay 
Representation: one from Summeriield, Milwaukee, 
signed by W. S. Carter and thirty-six others ; one from 
Sheboygan, signed by S. T. Stokes and three others ; 
and one from Oconomowoc, signed by G. C. Kinnie 
and twenty-one others, and they were referred to the 
Committee on Lay Representation. 



Lay Represen- 
tation. 



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The roll of Conferences was called for the presenta- 
tion of miscellaneous business, and the following was 
introduced and disposed of as indicated : 



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INXay 5. 

Foubth Bat. 



BLACK RIVER COXFEREXCE. 



Black Eivek. 

J. W. Armstrong offered the following resolutions, Pestaiozzian 
and they were referred to the Committee on Educa- ys 
tion, namely: 



seminaries anu 

collets. 



Resolved, 1. That the Committee on Education be requested to Boles for the 
inquire into and report upon the applicability of the Pestalozzian government of 
Methods of Instruction to our higher schools and colleges. 

Resolved, 2. That the Committee on Education be requested to 
devise and recommend some rules for the government of our sem- 
inaries and colleges, calculated to prevent, if possible, the recur- 
rence of those difficulties which sometimes so seriously mar their 
prosperity. 



A. J. Phelps offered the following resolution, and it 
was referred to the Committee on Revisals : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be instructed to inquire Missionary 

into the expediency of so amending the Discipline, part 2, section 3, Committee 

answer 1, page 53, as to constitute members of the Missionary Com- Quarterly 

mittee members of the Quarterly Conference. Conference. 



CALIFORNIA COXFEREXCE. Camfqsria. 

J. B. Hill submitted the following resolution, and it 
was referred to the Committee on Revisals : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be instructed to con On election of 
sider the subject of the election of Trustees by the male members of Tru3tees - 
societies instead of election by Quarterly Conferences. 

He also submitted the following resolution, and it 
was referred to the Committee on Itinerancy: 

Resolved, That the Committee on Itinerancy be instructed to con- Supernumerary 
sider the subject of the abolishment of the supernumerary relation. relation. 



CEXTRAL OHIO COXFERENCE. Central Ohio. 

W. G. Williams offered the following resolution, 
and it was adopted, namely : 

Resolved, That the Bishops be requested to communicate to the Bishops on 
Conference their suggestions and plans for the rearrangement of k° uniiar ies. 
Conference botmdaries. 



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May o. 

Fourth Day. CINCINNATI CONFERENCE. 

Cincinnati. 

J. M. Walden offered the following resolution, and 
it was referred to the Committee on the Book Con- 
cern, namely : 

On supplying Resolved, That the Committee on the Book Concern be instructed 
our periodicals i consider the propriety of authorizing the Agents of the Book 
pubUc t0U liura° Concern, on proper application, to furnish copies of our periodicals 
ries, etc. gratuitously to public libraries containing not less than five thou- 

sand volumes, and furnished with a reading- room, on condition that 
the papers be placed on file, and the Quarterly Review and the 
Ladies' Repository be bound each year and placed on the shelves of 
the library. 

Financial plan. A. Lowry submitted a " financial plan," and it was 
referred to the Committee on Revisals. 



Des Moines. 



Amenability of 
persons hold- 
ing certificates. 
of member- 
ship. 



DES MOINES CONFERENCE. 

B. Mitchell offered the following resolution, and it 
was referred to the Committee on Revisals : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be instructed to inquire 
into the propriety of adding to the "General Directions" for the 
"trial of au accused member," sec. 5, chap. 1, part 3 of Discipline, 
a clause making persons holding certificates of membership amena- 
ble to the society where they may reside. 



East Balti- 
more. 



Removal of 

members. 



EAST BALTIMORE CONFERENCE. 

B. H. Crever offered the following resolution, and it 
was referred to the Committee on Revisals : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be instructed to con- 
sider the propriety of a rule making it the duty of pastors in the 
case of the removal of members to communicate the fact of such 
removals, whenever practicable, to the pastor within whose charge 
the member so removing may intend to locate. 



J. H. C. Dosh submitted the following resolution, 
which was referred to the Committee on Revisals : 

Powers and dn- Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be instructed to inquire 
ties of Leaders' into the expediency of having inserted in the book of Discipline the 
powers and duties of the Leaders' Meetings, and an order of business 
for such meetings. 



Meetings. 



East Genesee EAST GENESEE CONFERENCE. 

F. G. Hibbard offered the following resolution, and 
it was referred to the Committee on Revisals, namely : 



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Resolved, That the Committee on Eevisals be instructed to con- 
sider and report on the expediency of changing the clause of the 
Discipline, part 2, chap. 2, sec. 13, ans. 3 to quest. 3, p. 87, which 
now reads, " Chaplains to hospitals, prisons, and in the army and 
navy," so that it shall read, "Chaplains to hospitals, to reformaton', 
and to medical curative institutions, to prisons, and in the army or 
navy." 

D. W. C. Huntington offered the following resolu- 
tion, and it was referred to the Committee on Eevisals : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be instructed to inquire Conditions on 
into the expediency of inserting in the Discipline a rule fixing con- which a cert 
ditions under which certificates of membership given by preachers 
in charge may become invalid. 



87 



May 5. 

Fourth Day. 

On appointment 
of Chaplains to 
reformatory 
and curative 
institutions. 



cate becomes 
invalid. 



ERIE CONFERENCE. 



Erie. 



R. A. Caruthers submitted the following resolution, 
and it was referred to the Committee on Episcopacy : 

Resolved, That the Committee on the Episcopacy be requested to New mode of 
inquire into the propriety of so changing the manner of constituting constituting 
a Bishop that hereafter a Bishop shall be chosen for a definite term lB ops " 
of years, and that the person so chosen be installed in the office 
without imposition of hands. 



ILLINOIS CONFERENCE. Illinois. 

Peter Cartwright offered the folloAving resolution, 
and it was referred to the Committee on the Book 
Concern, namely : 

Resolved, That the Committee on the Book Concern be instructed 
to inquire into the expediency of making the Sunday-School Advo- 
cate a weekly publication. 

William J. Rutledge offered the following resolu- 
tion, namely : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be instructed to inquire 
into the expediency of adding to the Discipline, part 2, chap. 2, sec. 
12, ans. to quest. 3 on page 85, the following: Answer 2. The orders 
of those Roman Catholic priests who may desire to unite with our 
Church may be recognized in the manner and on the conditions 
prescribed in ans. 1. 

A motion was made to lay this resolution on the 
table ; but the motion did not prevail, and the resolu- 
tion was referred to the Committee on Revisals. 



On publishing 
the Sunday- 
School Advo- 
cate. 



On recognition 
of the ordina- 
tion of Catho- 
lic priests. 



INDIANA CONFERENCE. 



Indiana. 



D. M'Intyre offered the following resolution, and it 
was referred to the Committee on Revisals, namely : 



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May 5. Resolved, That the Committee on Eevisals be requested to inquire 

Fourth Day. into the expediency of so arranging - the Discipline that every thing 

Arrangement of on the same subject will appear in the same section or chapter as far 

the Discipline. as practicable. 

B. F. Rawlins submitted a plan for Lay Representa- 
tion, and it was referred to the Committee on that 
subject. 
IowA - IOWA CONFERENCE. 

E. H. Waring submitted the following resolution, 
and it was referred to the Committee on Revisals, 
namely : 

Powers of Lead- Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be requested to inquire 
ers' Meetings, whether anything, and if so, what, is required to define the powers, 
and to more perfectly organize the Leaders' Meeting or Official 
Board. 

On motion of C. A. Holmes, the following resolution 
was adopted, namely : 

Expenses of Resolved, That the Committee on the Expenses of Delegates be 
Delegates; how requested to indicate what may properly be allowed as expenses ; 
report . an ^ alg0 ^ Q p resen j; a f or m in which the claims for expenses shall 

be stated, and to report to-morrow morning. 



Kentucky. 



Proposal to 
change the 
term of service 
of Presiding 
Elders. 



KENTUCKY CONFERENCE. 

John G. Bruce offered the following resolution, and 
it was referred to the Committee on Itinerancy, 
namely : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Itinerancy be instructed to in- 
quire into and report upon the propriety of changing the answer to 
question iii, section xiv, part iii, page 90, of the Discipline, which now 
reads, " For any term not exceeding four years, after which he 
shall not be appointed to the same district for six years ;" so as to 
read, "For any term not exceeding six years, after which he shall 
not be appointed to the same district for four years." 



Missouri and MISSOURI AND ARKANSAS CONFERENCE. 

Arkansas. 

N. Shumate offered the following resolution, and it 
was referred to the Committee on Revisals : 

On changing the Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be requested to take 
time of holding j n t consideration the propriety of changing the time of holding 
Conf-rence eral the Gener£l1 Conference from the month of May to that of June. 



NewEngland. NEW ENGLAND CONFERENCE. 

L. R. Thayer offered the following resolution, 
namely : 



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Resolved, That the Committee, to whom was referred the subject ]\lay 5. 
of the reception as members of this Conference of the delegates Fourth Day. 
from the newly-formed annual conferences, be and hereby are in- 
structed to report to this Conference at its session to-morrow. 

On motion of B. Pilsbury, the resolution was laid on 
the table, one hundred and seventeen voting for the 
motion, which, being a majority of the Conference, 
the vote against laying it on the table was not counted. 

L. R. Thayer moved to take from the table the 
resolution offered by J. T. Peck in Saturday morning's 
session, extending to the representatives of mission Representatives 

. .<, /> i ■ /> f rom the mis- 

conferences the privilege of speaking on the floor of sion confer- 
the Conference pending the question of their admission 
as members of this body, but the motion to take up 
the resolution was, on motion of J. W. Lindsay, laid 
upon the table. 

At the request of the delegation from the Wisconsin change in Com- 

r*\ n tt t-> • """ i -in i mittees by 

Conference, Henry Bannister was changed from the Wisconsin del- 
Court of Appeals to the Committee on the Book 
Concern, and Samuel Fallows was changed from the 
Committee on the Book Concern to the Court of 
Appeals. 



NEW HAMPSHIRE CONFERENCE. New Hamp- 

shire. 

James Pike offered the following resolution, and it 
was referred to the Committee on Kevisals, namely: 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be instructed to in- On electing lay- 
quire into and report on the expediency of so amending part v, m ® n . Book 
section v of the Discipline as to constitute laymen equal with 
clergymen, eligible to election by the General Conference as Book 
Agents at New York and Cincinnati. 

A motion prevailed to extend the time of the ses- Time extended. 
sion sufficiently to allow the delegations of the Pitts- 
burgh and Southeastern Indiana Conferences to ask 
for changes in their assignment to the standing com- 
mittees. 

At the request of the Pittsburgh delegation, H. 
Miller was changed from the Committee on Freedmen 
to that of Church Extension, and A. J. Endsley was 
changed from the Committee on Church Extension to 
the Committee on Freedmen. 

At the request of the delegation of the Southeastern Change in com- 

_ mitt 66 3 

Indiana Conference, F. A. Hester was changed from 



Change in Com- 
mittees. 



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May 5. 

Fourth Day. 



the Committee on Freedmen to the Court of Appeals, 
and J. W. Locke was changed from the Court of Ap- 
peals to the Committee on Freedmen. 

The Conference joined in singing the Doxology, 
after which the Benediction was pronounced by B. H. 
Crever. of the East Baltimore Conference. 



May 6. 

Fifth Day. 



WEDNESDAY MORNING, MAY 6. 

Conference met this morning, Bishop Thomson in 
the chair. 

Religious services were conducted by Cyrus Brooks, 
of the Minnesota Conference. 

The Journal of yesterday was read and approved. 

The call of Conferences was resumed for the intro- 
duction of miscellaneous business. 



New Jersey. 



Religious in- 
struction of 
children. 



NEW JEESEY CONFERENCE. 

J. B. Dobbins submitted the following resolution, 
and it was referred to the Committee on Revisals, 
namely : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be instructed to take 
into consideration the propriety of so modifying the Disciplinary 
requirement on the subject of the religious instruction of children 
by Pastors in Part I, sec. 2, cares. 3, ana. 2 as to make it more gen- 
erally practicable. 



New York. 



Appeals. 



NEW YORK CONFERENCE. 

P. R. Brown submitted the following resolution, 
and it was referred to the Committee on Revisals, 
namely : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be instructed to inquire 
into the propriety of so amending the Discipline, on Appeals, Part 
III, chap, ii, sec. 3, page 128, as to read, " If there be a murmur or 
complaint from any excluded person in any of the above-mentioned 
instances that justice has not been done he shall be allowed an 
appeal to the next Quarterly Conference, (nevertheless, if in the 
judgment of the Presiding Elder an impartial trial carnot be had in 
the place of holding the next Quarterly Conference on account of 
local prejudice, he may remove the trial of the appeal to any Quar- 
terly Conference in his district where such appeal may be tried 
without prejudice,) except such as absent themselves from trial 
after sufficient notice is given them; and the preacher in charge 
shall present exact minutes of the evidence and proceedings of the 



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trial to the Quarterly Conference, from •which minutes the case May 6, 
shall finally be determined." Fifth Day. 



NEW YORK EAST CONFERENCE. 

H. F. Pease submitted the following resolution, and 
it was referred to the Committee on Revisals, namely : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be instructed to inquire 
into the propriety of expunging from the Discipline item 2 in ans. to 
ques. 3 of sec. 2, Part I, chap, ii, on page 39 of the Discipline, on account 
of its impracticability, said answer reads as follows, namely: "At the 
age of ten years or earlier the Preacher in charge shall organize the 
baptized children of the Church into classes, and appoint suitable 
leaders, (male or female,) whose duty it shall be to meet them in 
class once a week, and instruct them in the nature, design, and 
obligations of baptism, and the truths of religion necessary to make 
them 'wise unto salvation,' urge them to give regular attendance 
upon the means of grace, advise, exhort, and encourage them to an 
immediate consecration of their hearts and lives to God, and inquire 
into the state of their religious experience, provided that children 
unbaptized are not to be excluded from these classes." 



New York 
East. 



Proposition to 
expunge from 
the Discipline 
the provision 
to organize 
children into 
classes. 



North Indi- 
ana. 



NORTH INDIANA CONFERENCE. 

W. H. Goode submitted the following resolutions, 
and they were referred to the Committee on Missions, 
namely : 

Resolved, By the members of the General Conference of the Indians. 
Methodist Episcopal Church of the United States in Conference 
assembled, 

1. That we greatly rejoice in the policy adopted by our govern- 
ment for the settlement of existing difficulties with the Indian tribes 
within the limits of the United States, a policy recommended in 
the late very able and humane report of the distinguished Peace 
Commission, and now being carried out in the reasonable and con- 
ciliatory treaties concluded with the several tribes. 

2. That we regard the efforts heretofore made for the Christian- 
ization and civilization of our Indian tribes not as a failure, but as a 
signal success, a success that will be enlarged and increased as ex- 
isting liinderances shall be removed, and a kindly and well-adjusted 
system of policy shall be adopted for their management. 

3. That we earnestly recommend to the government that, in ac- 
cordance with plans now under legislative consideration, the semi- 
civilized tribes now residing west of the State of Arkansas, and 
numbering about one hundred thousand, be organized into a state 
government (or at least territorial) tinder wise, just, and humane 
regulations, and with all the rights and privileges of other states, 
(or territories,) which state or territory shall be of sufficient dimen- 
sions, constituting a nucleus of Indian civilization and a permanent 
home, to which' shall be invited and received all other tribes and 
parts of tribes that may be desirous to improve their condition. 

4. That in the event of the adoption of this measure by the gov- 
ernment we will, in accordance with the timely suggestions of the 
honorable Commission referred to, direct increased effort to the 
civilization and Christian education of the Indian tribes, and will 



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[1SGS. 



May O. 

Fifth Day. 

Certified copies 
to be sent to 
the Senate and 
House of Rep- 
resentatives. 



co-operate with the strong arm of the government in saving from 
extermination and oblivion the remnant of this race now remaining 
upon our soil.* 

5. That certified copies of this action be forwarded to the Com- 
missioner of Indian Affairs, and to the Chairmen respectively of the 
Committees on Indian Affairs of the Senate and House of Repre- 
sentatives of the United States. 



North Ohio. 



Love-feast tick- 
ets. 



NORTH OHIO CONFERENCE. 

J. F. Kennedv submitted the following resolution, 
and it was referred to the Committee on Revisals, 
namely : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be instructed to inquire 
into the expediency of expunging the rule in the Discipline requiring 
the renewal of tickets, Part II, chap, ii, ans. 2, page 96. 



C. H. Owens submitted the following resolutions, 
and they were referred to the Committee on Revisals, 
namely : 



Trustees to 
members 
the Church 



be 

of 



Resolved, 1. That the Committee on Revisals be instructed to in- 
quire into the propriety of changing ans. 1, ques. 1, sec. 3, on 
page 53 of the Discipline so as to read. " Said trustees and super- 
intendents being members of our Church, the trustees being elected 
and the superintendents approved, by the Quarterly Conference." 

Resolved. 2. That the Committee on Revisals be instructed to in- 
quire into the propriety of striking out the word "and" between 
the words class meetings and prayer-meetiugs in ques. 2, sec. 5, on 
page 119 of the Discipline, and insert the word "or," so as to read 
"class meetings or prayer-meetings." 



Northwest NORTHWEST INDIANA CONFERENCE. 

Indiana. 

John L. Smith offered the following resolution, 
namely : 

AskingtbcBish- Resolved, That the Bishops be and they are hereby respectfully 

"f ,s H ^'.": thei i requested to communicate, as early as practicable, at their discretiou, 

ones should be to lnis b°dy whether in their judgment the Episcopal Board should 

elected by this be strengthened by the election and consecration of one or more 

General Con- Bishops during the present session of the General Conference. 
ference. . 

On motion of K. P. Jervis, the resolution was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Episcopacy. 

Subsequently, on motion of G. D. Cairo \v, the mo- 
tion to refer was reconsidered, when, on motion of K. 
P. Jervis, the resolution was laid on the table. 

J. C. Reed offered the following resolution, and it 
was referred to the Committee on Revisals, namely : 



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Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be requested to sub- 
stitute for ans. 1 to ques. 1. Part VI, chap, iii, page 261 of the 
Discipline, which reads as follows, namely: "Let all our churches 
be built plain and decent, and with free seats wherever practicable ; 
but not more expensive than is absolutely unavoidable, otherwise 
the necessity of raising money will make rich men necessary to us. 
But if so we must be dependent on them, yea, and governed by 
them, and then farewell to Methodist discipline, if not doctrine 
too," the following: "Let all our churches be built with special 
reference to the convenience and comfort of the congregations wor- 
shiping in them, and as far as possible in harmony with an appro- 
priate and chaste architecture, always carefully avoiding the finan- 
cial embarrassment of the societies erecting them." 



May G. 

Fifth Day. 

Style of church 
architecture. 



NORTHWEST WISCONSIN CONFERENCE. Northwest 

Wisconsin. 

T. M. Fullerton submitted the following resolution, 
and it was referred to the Committee on the Book 
Concern, namely : 

Resolved, That the Committee on the Book Concern be instructed Colportage. 
to inquire into, and report npon, the expediency of establishing a 
system of colportage for the circulation and sale of our denomina- 
tional literature. 



OHIO CONFERENCE. 

J. M. Trimble offered the following resolution, and 
it was referred to the Committee on Revisals : 



Ohio. 



'g 
contributions 
to misSTons 

made by Sun- 
day -schools. 



Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be requested to inquire T,ie report) 
into the propriety ot amending the twelfth item, of sec. ?>, page 233, 
on the support of missions, by making this addition to that item, 
'• And the contributions of the Sabbath-schools shall be reported in a 
separate column in the general Minutes," so the item will read, "It 
is earnestly recommended that each Sunday-school in our Churches 
and congregations be organized into a missionary society under 
such rules and regulations as the pastor, the superintendent, and 
teachers may prescribe, and the contributions of the Sabbath-schools 
shall be reported in a separate column in our general Minutes" 



B. N. Spahr moved that all papers relating to the Episcopal dis- 
formatiou of episcopal districts be referred to the Com- 
mittee on Episcopacy. 

James Leaton moved, as a substitute, that all papers Leaton's substi- 
relating to the formation of episcopal districts be re- 
ferred to the Committee on Itinerancy. The substitute 
was accepted and adopted. 

B. N. Spahr offered the following resolution, and it 
was referred to the Committee on the Book Concern, 
namely : 



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May 6. Resolved, That the Committee on the Book Concern be requested 

Fifth Day. to inquire into, and report to this Conference as early as practicable, 
Book Agents. the expediency of so amending Part V, sec. 5, items 2 aud 7, pages 
236, 239, as to read: "2. There shall be an Agent and an As- 
sistant Agent to conduct the Book Concern at New York, one of 
whom shall be chosen from among the traveling preachers, and 
shall be a member of such Conference as he may, with the approba- 
tion of the Bishops, select. The other may be a lay member of the 
Church in good standing." " 7. There shall be an Agent and an 
Assistant Agent to conduct the Western Book Concern in Cincin- 
nati, who shall manage the business in the "Western country so as 
to co-operate with the Agents at New Tork, one of whom shall be 
chosen from among the traveling preachers, and shall be a member 
of such Conference as he may, with the approbation of the Bishops, 
select. The other may be a lay member of the Church in good 
standing." 



On removals by 
certificate 



B. N. Spain - also offered the following resolution, 
and it was referred to the Committee on Revisals, 
namely : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be requested to inquire 
into the propriety of so altering the Discipline, page 100, after " 5," as 
to add, " He shall ascertain the probable destination of any member 
removing by certificate, and shall notify by mail or otherwise the 
pastor of the Methodist Episcopal Church of that place that such 
member has probably removed within his bounds. When notified 
of the removal of any member within his bounds he shall at the 
earliest practicable moment request such member to present such 
certificate, and if not presented within one month after removal he 
shall notify him that he will be amenable for his moral conduct to 
the society within whose bounds he resides. 



B. F. Crary moved to suspend the rules to allow the 
Committee to which was referred the matter of the 
admission of delegates from Mission Conferences to 
report, and the motion prevailed. R. S. Foster, Chair- 
man of the Committee, then presented a report, in part, 
as follows : 



in representa- 
tion from Mis- 
sion Confer- 
ences. 



Report of Spe- The Committee, believing that the disabilities should be removed 
cial< Committee from the Alabama, Delaware, Georgia, Holston, Mississippi, South 
Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and North Carolina, and Wash- 
ington Conferences, recommend that they be invested with the full 
rights of Annual Conferences ; provided, that this action shall not be 
construed so as to affect or determine any thing with respect to the 
question of their previous status. 

We recommend, 2, That the brethren standing at the door of this 
body with certificates of election as representatives from the fore- 
named Conferences be invited to seats at once on the floor of this 
Conference, and to participate in all its deliberations, to speak on 
all questions, offer resolutions, and do all other things, and have all 
other rights which any member of this body may have and do, 
except vote. 

The Committee, not agreeing on the question of the right of these 
representatives to vote, desire further time to prepare their report 
on this subject. 



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L. R. Thayer moved to amend by striking from the May e. 
first item the word "provided," and all that follows Tua "™ s 
it in that item. Pending this motion to amend, Win. amendment. 
Redely offered a substitute for the report of the Com- 
mittee. 

The substitute not being presented in duplicate, as 
required by the rule of Conference, objection was 
made to considering it, when a motion, that the rule 
be dispensed with in this case, was carried by a vote of 
one hundred and thirty-nine in its favor. The substi- 
tute was then presented, as follows, namely : 

Whereas, The Discipline in its constitution guarantees to the Reddy's substi- 
members of Annual Conferences the right of representation in the tute- 
General Conference, the right to share in the dividends of the Book 
Concern and of the Chartered Fund, and to vote on constitutional 
questions; and, 

Wiiereas, By the authority of the General Conference of 1864 the 
Bishops, according to their judgment, have organized certain Annual 
Conferences in the Southern States since the aforesaid General Con- 
ference; and, 

Whereas, Said Annual Conferences have elected, on the basis of 
the ratio of representation defined in the Discipline representatives 
to this General Conference, said representatives being now present, 
properly authenticated as said representatives elect; therefore, 

Resolved, 1. By this General Conference, that such Conferences as 
the Bishops have organized and recosrnized in such a capacity be 
and they are hereby admitted to the list of Annual Conferences of 
the Methodist Episcopal Church. 

Resolved, 2. That such representatives as shall be found to be 
duly authenticated, and personally qualified according to the re- 
quirements of the Discipline, be and they are hereby admitted to 
seats in this body as delegates to the same. 

William Reddy addressed the Conference in support 
of the substitute till his time expired under the rule, 
when a motion was made that he have leave to pro- 
ceed, which motion was put by the Chair, but before 
the result of the vote was declared Daniel Curry said 
that he did not object to this measure provided a simi- 
lar courtesy be extended to others, whereupon W. H. 
Ferris moved as a .substitute that the rule limiting 
speakers to fifteen minutes be suspended during the 
debate on the subject now before the Conference, and 
the substitute was accepted by the author of the origi- 
nal motion, and was entertained by the Chair. 

At this stage of the proceedings W. H. Olin raised a Question of or- 
question of order, which was decided by the Chair as der ' 
follows, namely : 



96 Journal of the General Conference. [1808. 

May G. After a vote is taken both by affirmative and negative, but be- 

Fifth Day. fore the vote is declared, it is competent for the Chair to allow dis- 

Decision of the cuss i° us to proceed, and further motions to be made superseding the 

Chair. ' original motion. 

From this decision John M'Clintock appealed to the 
Conference. 

The President gave the following reason for his de- 
cision, namely : 

The Chair having given no opportunity for discussing the motion . 
to allow Mr. Reddy to finish his speech, and a speaker having ad- 
dressed him before he pronounced the vote, he deemed such vote 
premature, and the question in the same situation as though it had 
not been taken. He therefore thought Dr. Ferris's substitute, to 
allow all members the privilege claimed for Dr. Reddy, in order." 

Appeal taken, The question, " Shall the decision of the Chair stand 

and the decis- J ' 

ion overruled, as the judgment of the Conference?" was then put, 
and the decision was overruled, fifty-five voting to 
sustain it, and one hundred and forty-six voting 
against it. 

The Chair then announced that the motion m-antine: 
W. Reddy leave to proceed prevailed, and he con- 
tinued in support of the pending substitute. At the 
close of his speech, the floor was assigned to Daniel 
Curry, when, on motion, the subject was laid on the 
table and made the order of the day for to-morrow 
morning, immediately after reading the Journal. 

Motion to admit • T. M. Eddy moved a suspension of the Rules, in 

the delegates ' . x ' 

to the privi- order that he might make a motion that the delegates 
tioor laid on elect from the Conferences involved in these proceed- 
ings be allowed to participate in the discussion of this 
subject; when, on motion of A. J. Endsley, the motion 
to suspend the Rules was laid on the table. 
e. o. Haven J. W. Ross, on behalf of the delegation of the Cali- 

counsel for 8. „ . _, _ . , _. ^_ 

d. simonds. iorma Conference, requested the appointment of E. O. 
Haven as counsel for S. D. Simonds in the trial of an 
appeal now pending in the Court of Appeals. 

On motion, the time of the session was extended to 

» 

enable the Committee on Rules of Order to submit 
their report. 
Rules adopted. A. M. Osbon, Chairman of the Committee, then re- 
ported Rules for the government of the Conference, 
and also Rules regulating proceedings in the Court of 
Appeals, and they were read and adopted. [For Re- 
port as adopted, see Appendix W.] 



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Journal of the General Conference. 



97 



Bishop Clark announced the Committee of Arrange- 
ments for the visit to the Board of Trade in this city, 
as follows : L. Hitchcock, T. M. Eddy, W. G. Miller, 
E. Q. Fuller, R. Haney. 

The time of adjournment having come, the Doxology 
was sung, and Conference closed with the Benediction 
by Henry Slicer. 



May C. 

Fifth Day. 

Committee on 
visit to the 
Board ofTrade. 



THURSDAY MORNING, MAY 7. May v. 

Sixth Day. 

Conference met this morning, Bishop Kingsley in 
the chair. 

The religious services were conducted by William 
Butler, of the New England Conference. 

The Journal of yesterday was read. During the 
reading Bishop Thomson desired that the ground of 
his decision of a question of order yesterday be entered 
upon the Journal, and the Secretary was ordered to 
enter it accordingly. 

It is stated in these words, to wit : 

The Chair having given no opportunity for discussing the motion 
to allow Mr. Redely to finish his speech, and a speaker having ad- 
dressed him before he pronounced the vote, he deemed such vote 
premature, and the question in the same situation as though it had 
not been taken. He therefore thought Dr. Ferris's substitute, to 
allow all members the privilege claimed for Dr. Reddy, in order. 

The reading of the Journal having been concluded, 
J. M. Reid moved that so much of the Journal as re- 
cites what Daniel Curry said be omitted. Henry 
Slicer moved as a substitute, that the Journal in rela- 
tion to the part excepted to be approved. After a 
motion by J. M. Reid, to lay the substitute on the 
table, was lost, the substitute was adopted, and, on 
motion of Luke Hitchcock, the Journal was approved. 

On motion of J. S. Porter, the Rules were suspended Expenses of 
to enable the Committee on Expenses of Delegates to 
submit a report in part. Pending the consideration of 
the report, A. J. Kynett moved to amend by insert- 
ing among the items, to be allowed: "Expenses of 
meals for those who cannot go to their places of en- 
tertainment for dinner, not exceeding fifty cents per 
meal." W. H. Olin moved to lay the amendment on 

7 



Delegates. 



98 



Journal of the General Conference. 



[18G8. 



May V. 

Sixth Day. 



Forms of bills 
to be printed. 



Returning dele- 
gates free. 



Daily Advo- 
cates. 



E. C. Crawford 
has leave of 
absence. 



the table, but the motion did not prevail. Henry 
Slicer moved to amend the amendment by striking 
out the words, "not exceeding fifty cents," and add- 
ing the words, " all other necessary expenses." On 
motion of K. P. Jervis, the previous question was 
ordered. A division of the amendment to the amend- 
ment was called for, and so much as relates to striking 
out was adopted, and so much as relates to adding to 
it was lost. The amendment as amended was adopted, 
and the amended report was adopted as a whole, as 
follows : 

It is the judgment of your Committee that the expenses of a full 
delegation from each Annual Conference, and no more, should be al- 
lowed, as follows, to wit : 

1. The expenses of travel in a direct line from home to the seat 
of the Conference and back, including meals and lodging. 

2. The expense of travel on the city cars, to and from their places 
of entertainment to the Conference room, and the places where these 
committees severally shall hold their sessions. 

In making out the bills of expense the Committee would recom- 
mend the following order: 

1. The Conference. 

2. The number of delegates. 

3. The amount apportioned to the Conference to be raised. 

4. The amount raised. 

5. The expenses of each delegate in items, as follows, namely: 
(1.) Expense of travel from home to the Conference and back. 
(2.) Meals and lodging. 

(3.) Expense of travel on city cars. 

(4.) Expense of meals to those who cannot go to their places of 
entertainment for dinner. 

5. The items in the bill of each to be added and his name signed. 

6. The bills of the delegation should then be added, so as to show 
the aggregate, and signed by the chairman of the delegation. 

[For Report, see Appendix X, I.] 

On motion of J. S. Porter, the following resolution 

was adopted, namely : 

Resolved, That the Book Agents be directed to print five hundred 
forms of bills, to correspond with the order just adopted, to be used 
by the delegates in making out their accounts. 

On motion of S. Hunt, the Committee of Arrange- 
ments was requested to report at an early day the 
railroads that would return delegates free of charge. 

On motion of L. Hitchcock, the Conference requested 
the agents hereafter to leave the packages of the Daily 
Advocate for the several delegations in the room of 
the Secretary of the Committee of Arrangements. 

L Cogshall asked leave of absence for R. C. Craw- 
ford, of the Michigan delegation, on account of the 



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• , 



Sixth Day. 



death of a minister's wife whose funeral he was desired May 
to attend, and it was granted. 

On motion of B. F. Crary, the subject which was 
laid on the table yesterday and made the order of to- 
day immediately after the reading of the Journal was 
taken up. 

Daniel Curry having the floor, on motion of Gilbert 
Haven, the rule limiting speakers to fifteen minutes 
was suspended in his case. 

Unanimous consent thereto having been sfiven bv 
the Conference, A. M. Osbon moved that the Rules for 
the government of the Court of Appeals which were 
adopted yesterday be so far modified as that twenty- 
one members, instead of two thirds of the members, 
shall constitute a quorum, and the motion prevailed. 

On motion of B. Pilsbury, the time of the session 
was extended, to allow the speaker to finish his argu- 
ment. At its conclusion notices were given, the 
Doxology was sung, and Conference closed with the 
Benediction by Zechariah Paddock, of the Wyoming 
Conference. 



FRIDAY MORNING, MAY 8. ** ay s. 

Seventh Day. 

Conference met this morning, Bishop Janes in the 
chair. 

The religious services were conducted by D. P. 
Mitchell, of the Kansas Conference. 

The Journal of yesterday was read "and approved. Journal ap- 

A. J. Kynctt moved a reconsideration of the vote 
by which the appeal from the decision of the Chair 
was sustained, but the motion was lost by a vote of 
seventy-three in favor of it, and one hundred and 
sixteen acrainst it. 



proved. 



Church. 



F. A. Blades presented the credentials of Rev. W. Credentials of 
Pirritte and Rev. G. Abbs as delegates of the Meth- from the Can- 
odist Episcopal Church in Canada to this Conference, Episcopal 
and they were introduced by the Chair. The address 
and formal reception of these delegates was, on motion 
of F. A. Blades, made the order of the day for Mon- 
day morning next, at ten o'clock. 

It was. announced that S. C. Brown had been ex- 



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[1868. 



May 8. 

Seventh Day. 

Morning. 

M. A Daugh- 
erty, Secreta- 
ry of Commit- 
tee on Bound- 
aries. 



Bishop Janes's 
Report. 



Resolution of 
thanks to 

Bisiiop Janes. 



A committee on 
Correspond- 
ence ordered. 



Bishop Thom- 
son's report 
of his visit to 
India, etc., on 
Tuesday at ten 
o'clock A.M. 

Semi-centen- 
ni.il Anniver- 
sary of the 
Missionary 
Society. 



Representation 
from Mission 
Conferences. 



George Peck 
addressed the 
Conference. 



cused as Secretary of the Committee on Boundaries, 
and M. A. Daugherty elected in his place. 

On motion of John P. Durbin, the order of the day, 
namely, the report of Bishop Janes as a delegate from 
the General Conference of 1S64 to the British and 
Irish Wesleyan Conferences, was taken up. 

Bishop Ames then took the chair, when Bishop Janes 
proceeded to make his report, at the close of which, 
John M'Clintock submitted the following resolution, 
and it was unanimously adopted by a rising vote, 
namely : 

Resolved, That the General Conference has listened with the 
greatest pleasure and profit to the luminous and comprehensive 
report made by Bishop Janes as to his mission to Europe as del- 
egate appointed by the General Conference of 1864, and that the 
thanks of this body be tendered to him for the characteristic ability 
and success with which he discharged this important duty. 

[For Report, see Appendix A, II.] 

Bishop Janes again took the chair. 

On motion of Jesse T. Peck, a committee of nine 
was ordered, to be called a Committee on Correspond- 
ence, to whom all papers and other matters appertain- 
ing' to correspondence with othfcr religious bodies shall 
be referred. 

On motion of George "VV. Woodruff, the following 
resolution was adopted, namely : 

Resolved, That Bishop Thomson be requested to give a report of 
his visit to India and China; and that if lie consent to make the 
report, that its reception be made the order of the day for Tuesday 
morniug at ten o'clock. 

On motion of J. P. Durbin, so much of the address 
of Bishop Janes as relates to the Semi-centennial 
Anniversary of the Missionary Society of the Meth- 
odist Episcopal Church was referred to the Committee 
on Missions. 

L. Hitchcock moved a suspension of the Rules, to 
take up the matter of admitting the representatives 
from the Mission Conferences. Henry Sheer moved to 
lay the motion to suspend on the table, but it did not 
prevail, and the original motion was carried, and the 
subject was taken up. 

George Peck addressed the Conference, and pending 
his address, on motion of A. J. Kynett, the rule limit- 






1868.] Journal of the General Conference. 101 

ing speakers to fifteen minutes was suspended in rela- May 8. 
tion to the speaker now on the floor. Seventh Day. 

1 , Morning. 

On motion of B. F. Crary, it was ordered that when Afternoon Ses- 
Conference adjourn it adjourn to meet this afternoon at 61on ordered - 
half past two o'clock. 

On motion of L. Hitchcock, the Rule limiting speak- 
ers to fifteen minutes was suspended in his case. 

E. O. Haven being on the floor, when, on further 
motion, the subject was laid on the table, and made the 
•order of the day for this afternoon immediately after 
reading the Journal. 

The following changes in committees being recom- 
mended by the several delegations concerned, were 
ordered by the Conference, namely : 

J. S. Porter, of the Newark Conference, was excused 
from serving on the Committee on Lay Delegation, 
and J. T. Crane was appointed in his stead. 

W. G. Williams, of the Central Ohio Conference, 
was excused from serving on the Committee on the 
State of the Church, and P. S. Donelson was appointed 
in his stead. 

John H. Power, of the Iowa Conference, was changed 
from the Court of Appeals to the Committee on Revi- 
sals ; and E. H. Waring was changed from the Com- 
mittee on Revisals to the Court of Appeals. 

On motion of R. Haney, J. S. dimming was 
granted temporary leave of absence. 

John M'Clintock submitted the Charter and Con- 
stitution of the Drew Theological Seminary, and they 
were referred to the Committee on Education. [For 
Charter and Constitution, see Appendix U, I.] 

S. Hunt presented the report of the Secretary of 
the Committee of Arrangements, giving information 
as to what railroads would return delegates free, and 
it was ordered to be printed in the Daily Advocate. 

John M'Clintock offered the following resolution, and 
it was referred to the Committee on Revisals, namely : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals consider the propriety On restoring the 
of restoring the Doxology in the Discipline, Part IV, chapter iii, Doxology. 
pages 159, 160, namely: strike out "We adore," nine lines from the 
bottom, and insert so as to read, " We glorify thee, we give thanks 
to thee for thy great glory," etc. Page 160, strike out the last 
paragraph and insert, " For thou only art holy ; thou only art the 



102 Journal of the General Conference. [1868. 

May8. Lord; thou only, Christ, with the Holy Ghost, art most high in 
Seventh Day. the glory of God the Father. Amen." 
Morning. 

Henry C. Benson offered the following preamble and 
resolutions, and they were referred to the Committee 
on Missions, namely : 

Chinese Mis- Whereas, There are over fifty thousand Asiatics in the States and 
Pacifl °c if *t" Territories of the Pacific, and their numbers are constantly increas- 
ing ; and 

Whereas, They are rearing temples and practicing idolatrous 
worship in most of the cities and larger towns of the country ; 
and 

Whereas, We, as Christians, are responsible for the religious in- 
struction of all people within our reach, without regard to race or 
nationality ; therefore, 

Resolved. 1. That, in the judgment of this Conference, the period 
has arrived when a permanent Chinese Mission should be estab- 
lished in or near San Francisco. 

Resolved, 2. That the Bishops and Missionary Board be and 
they are hereby instructed to establish such a mission as soon as 
practicable. 

On motion of A. M. Osbon, the Conference 
adjourned. 

The Doxology was sung ; after which the Benedic- 
tion was pronounced by Henry Slicer. 



Aft^oon. FRIDAY AFTERNOON, MAY 8. 

Conference met pursuant to adjournment, Bishop 
Scott in the chair. 

The religious services were conducted by W. R. 
Clark, of the New England Conference. 

The Journal of this morning's session was read and 
approved. 

R. Haney asked and obtained leave of temporary ab- 
sence for B. I. Ives and Samuel Vansant. 

Order of the On motion, the order of the day, namely, "W". Red- 
day taken up. ,. „ , _ . , _. . . 

dy s Substitute for the report ot the Committee on Ad- 
mission of Delegates from the Mission Conferences, 
E. o. Haven was taken up, and E. O. Haven addressed the Confer - 
speaks. ence. At the close of his speech E. J. L. Baker moved 

that the vote be now taken without further debate, 
but the motion did not prevail. 
B. f. Crary B. F. Crary having obtained the floor, on motion, 
the rule limiting speakers to fifteen minutes was sus- 
pended in his case. 



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Journal of the General Conference. 



103 



May8. 

Seventh Day. 

Afternoon. 

Order and time 
of speaking. 



R. Nelson moved the adoption of the following res- 
olution, namely : 

Resolved, That in the further progress of this discussion all 
speakers sustaining the substitute now before the Conference shall 
be limited by the time named in our Rule ; and that all speakers op- 
posing the substitute be confined to the same time after three more 
speakers on that side shall have had the same permission as to time 
already granted to W. Reddy, D. Curry, G. Peck, E. 0. Haven, and 
B. F. Crary. 

A. J. Kynett offered the following as a substitute 
for the foregoing resolution, namely : 

Resolved, That when we adjourn we adjourn to meet at half past Kynetfs sub- 
seven o'clock this evening, and that the brethren opposing the sub- stitute. 
stitute of Dr. Reddy shall have the floor until nine o'clock, and that 
those favoring it have the floor until a quarter to ten, at which hour 
the question shall be taken without further debate. 

And upon this resolution he moved that the question Previous ques- 

, . , . , ,ti, tion called, but 

be taken without debate. not sustained. 

The call for the previous question was not sustained ; 
and, on motion, the substitute was laid on the table. 

A motion was then made to lay the original motion 
on the table, but the motion was lost. 

On motion, it was then ordered that the vote on the previous ques- 
main question be taken without further debate, and 
the motion prevailed, more than two thirds voting in 
favor of it. 

The resolution was then adopted. A motion was 
made that Conference do now adjourn, which motion 
prevailed, ninety-eight voting for it, and seventy-five 
against it. 

The Doxology was sung ; after which the Benedic- 
tion was pronounced by W. R. Davis, of the Kansas 
Conference. 



tion sustained. 



SATURDAY MORNING, MAY 9. 

Conference met this morning, Bishop Simpson in the 
chair. 

The religious services were conducted by P. Akers, 
of the Illinois Conference. 

The Journal of Friday afternoon's session was read 
and approved. 

Bishop Clark, in behalf of the Board of Bishops, 
submitted the following report on Conference Bound- 



May 0. 

Eighth Day 



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[1868. 



jMay 9. aries, and it was referred, with the accompanying 
Eighth Day. p a p ergj t0 t h e Committee on Boundaries, namely : 



Report of the 
Bishops on 
Boundaries. 



The General Conference of 1864 requested the Board of Bishops 
"to consider and report to the General Conference of 18G8 what 
changes should, in their judgment, be made in the boundaries of the 
Annual Conferences to promote the highest welfare of the Church." 
The Board gave to this subject its early and earnest attention. In 
addition to the consideration and adoption of the general principles 
embodied in the quadrennial address, the Board gathered, from the 
latest and most authentic sources, such data as would have an im- 
portant bearing upon the question of Conference boundaries. In 
some cases also plans were drawn, or the Conference lines sug- 
gested were indicated upon maps. 

In response to the request of your body, passed on the 6th inst., 
these data and plans, together with memoranda relating to the sub- 
ject, are now submitted for your consideration. We are not, how- 
ever, prepared to recommend the enactment of the Conference lines 
here indicated without a proper consideration of all the Church in- 
terests involved. They rather indicate what we would recommend 
were we undertaking the work of Conference division de novo. But 
they at the same time suggest ideas that may be realized in part 
now, but more -fully in the future, when the change of circumstances 
shall have modified or removed the obstacles now in the way of 
their realization. 

The accompanying memoranda indicate the relation of the maps 
and data to the several Aunual Conferences, and also the Bishops 
to whom has been committed the consideration of the boundary 
lines in each particular state and territory. 

On motion of F. A. Hester, the rules were suspended 
so as to allow the call of Conferences for the presenta- 
tion of miscellaneous business to be resumed at the 
point where it was suspended on the last call. 

The President called the Conferences, and matters 
were introduced and disposed of as follows, namely : 



ONEIDA CONFERENCE. 



On printing An- 
nual Confer- 
ence Minutes 
at the Book 
Concern. 

On transfers. 



A. S. Graves submitted the following resolutions, 
the first of which was referred to the Committee on 
the Book Concern, and the second to the Committee 
on Itinerancy, namely : 

Resolved, That the Committee on the Book Concern be requested 
to inquire into the practicability of having the Minutes of the dif- 
ferent Annual Conferences published at the Book Concern in New 
York or Cincinnati. 

Resolved, That the Committee on Itinerancy be instructed to ex- 
amine the action of Annual Conferences on the subject of transfers, 
to find if such action has in any case embarrassed the transfer of 
preachers from one Conference to another. Also to inquire what 
action, if any, by the General Conference, is necessary to facilitate 
such transfers as the interests of the Church may occasion. 



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Journal of the General Conference. 



105 



Journal.' 



May9. 
PHILADELPHIA CONFERENCE. 

On motion of R. H. Pattison, the following resolution 
was referred to the Committee on Revisals, namely : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Eevisals be instructed to in- 
quire into the propriety of amending' the answer to question 13, 
section 2, chapter iii of the Discipline, by adding the words, 
"amount collected for Church Extension Society." 

On further motion of R. H. Pattison, the following 
resolution was adopted, namely : 

Resolved, That the Secretary of this Conference be, and is hereby A copy of the 
instructed to have a copy of the Journal of this General Conference deposited with 
printed, substantially bound, and duly certified by himself to be the Secretary- 
correct, and that this copy be deposited by himself in the General as the "official 
Conference trunk or safe, as the '•official Journal." 

After this resolution was adopted B. N. Spain* 
moved a reconsideration of the vote adopting it, but 
the motion to reconsider did not prevail. 

J. Cunningham presented a memorial from Elkton, 
Maryland, signed by Lucius C. Matlack, Pastor, and 
fifteen official members, asking the General Conference 
to rescind the preamble and resolutions passed by the 
General Conference May 12, 1836, at Cincinnati, dis- 
approving the conduct of two members of that General 
Conference " for having lectured upon and in favor of 
modern abolitionism ;" and it was referred to the Com- 
mittee on the State of the Church. 

G. D. Carrow submitted the following preamble and 
resolutions, and they were referred to the Committee 
on Itinerancy : 

Wliereas, It is desirable and necessary that our people should 
have the opportunity of communicating with the Bishops in regard 
to the pastors whose services they may desire to obtain ; and 

Whereas, The different modes of communication that now prevail 
are either unsatisfactory or mischievous, tending to breed and dis- 
seminate discontent among both pastors and people, and to the 
practical abolition of the appointing power of theT3ishops ; and 

Whereas, We deem it all-important that pastors and people should 
live and labor together in perfect harmony, and that the constitu- 
tional authority of the Bishops to station and remove the pastors 
should be fully maintained ; therefore, 

Resolved, 1. That the General Conference be and is hereby re- 
quested to enact and insert in the Discipline a rule constituting the 
Quarterly Conference the organ through which any circuit or station, 
desiring to express a wish in regard to its own pastoral supply, 
may convey that expression; and that a majority of the members 



Quarterly Con- 
ferences to be 
the organ 

through which 
communica- 
tions are to he 
sent to the 
Bishops for 
pulpit sup- 
plies. 



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[1868. 



May O. 
Eighth Day. 



llelation of Gen- 
eral Conference 
to our Theo- 
logical Schools. 

Missionary 
Map. 



of a Quarterly Conference present and voting, shall be understood 
to represent the desires of such charge in the premises. 

Resolved, 2. To provide by express rule of Discipline that the 
Bishops shall not give either an express or implied promise to make 
a desired appointment till the meeting of the Annual Conference, 
and after consultation with the Presiding Elders; except in such 
cases of special exigency, occurring in the interim of conferences, as 
would render instantaneous action necessary to secure the best in- 
terests of the Church. 

On motion of T. C. Murphy, the following resolu- 
tions were referred, the' first to the Committee on 
Education, the second to the Committee on Missions, 
namely : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Education be instructed to in- 
quire into the relation of the General Conference to our Theological 
Institutions, and the extent of its authority over them. 

Resolved, That the Committee on Missions be directed to consider 
the expediency of having prepared a Missionary Map, in which shall 
be indicated the various Mission Stations of our own Church, and as 
far as practicable, those of our sister Churches. 



Pittsburgh. PITTSBURGH CONFERENCE. 

On motion of D. L. Dempsey, the following resolu- 
tion was referred to the Committee on Revisals, 
namely : 

Uniformity in Resolved, That the Committee on Revisah? be requested to pre- 
public wor- p ar e a plan by which uniformity may be secured in our public 
sbip - services. 



Election 

Stewards 
ballot. 



On motion of H. Miller, the following resolution 
was referred to the Committee on Revisals, namely : 

of Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be instructed to con- 
by sider the propriety of so changing the Discipline as to provide that 

in the appointment of Stewards by the Quarterly Conference the 

vote shall be by ballot. 

On motion of S. H. Nesbit, the following resolution 
was referred to the Committee on Revisals, namely : 



Methodist bod- 
ies. 



Of receiving Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be instructed to in- 
ministers from qu i re m r. the expediency of so changing Part II, chap, ii, sec. 
12, ques. 1, in our Book of Discipline, that ministers from other 
Methodist bodies than the British, Irish, and Canada Conferences 
may be received on their credentials, and on giving satisfaction to 
an Annual Conference of their willingness to conform to our Church 
government and usages. 



soctheasteen 
Indiana. 



SOUTHEASTERN INDIANA CONFERENCE. 

On motion of F. A. Hester, the following resolution 
was referred to the Committee on Revisals, namely : 



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107 



Whereas, The laws of some of the States permit divorce for many May 0. 
causes, and authorize the divorced parties to remarry ; and Eighth Day. 

Whereas, Many persons, and among them, sometimes, members of Di TOrce . 
our own Church become united in marriage to parties divorced, 
contrary to Christ's law ; and 

Whereas, Some ministers have yielded to solicitations to solem- 
nize such marriages, and thereby religion is scandalized and a great 
evil encouraged; therefore, 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be instructed to inquire 
into the propriety of introducing into our Book of Discipline specific 
enactments prohibiting this offense against the law of Christ both 
among our ministry and laity. 

On motion of F. C. Holliday, the following resolu- 
tion was referred to the Committee on Revisals, 
namely : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be instructed to add a Church Music, 
clause to sec. 2, chapter iii, page 42 of the Book of Discipline, defining 
who shall have control of the whole subject of Church Music in our 
congregations, such as the appointment of choirs, the employment 
of choristers, and the use of instrumental music. 



SOUTHERN ILLINOIS CONFERENCE. Southebn Illi- 

IsOXS. 

On motion of T. A. Eaton, the following preamble 
and resolution were referred to the Committee on 
Boundaries, namely : 

Whereas, The Societies, Craig's and Bowling Green, east of Boundaries. 
Hillsborough, in the bounds of the Illinois Conference, are supplied 
with preaching from the Southern Illinois Conference ; and as the 
people of those Societies desire to be united to the Southern Illinois 
Conference ; therefore, 

Resolved, That the Committee on Boundaries be requested to in- 
quire into the expediency of changing the line between those Con- 
ferences so as to include those two Societies in the bounds of the 
Southern Illinois Conference. 



SOUTHWESTERN GERMAN CONFERENCE. 

On motion of Philip Kuhl, the reception of the 
report of the delegation appointed by the last General 
Conference to bear the Christian salutations of that 
body to the General Conference of the Evangelical 
Association was made the order of the day for Tues- 
day next, immediately after the report of Bishop 
Thomson relating to his visit to our Missions in India 
and China. 

TROY CONFERENCE. 

R. H. Robinson offered the following resolution, 
and, on motion of G. W. Woodruff, it was laid on 
the table, namely : 



Southwestern 
Geeman. 

Evangelical As- 
sociation. 



Teot. 



108 



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[186S. 



May 0- Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be requested to inquire 

Eighth Day. into the expediency of adding to the Invitation to the Communion as 
Invitation to the found on page 153 of our Book of Discipline, "and have been bap- 
Communion, tized," so that the Invitation shall be as follows: "Therefore, ye 
that do truly and earnestly repent of your sins, and are in love and 
charity with your neighbors, and intend to lead a new life, following 
the commandments of God, and walking from henceforth in his hoi}' 
ways, and have been baptized, draw near with faith and take this 
holy sacrament to your comfort, and devoutly kneeling, make your 
humble confession to Almighty God." 



Exhorters and 
their duties. 



On motion of John E. Bowen, the following resolu- 
tions were referred to the Committee on Revisals, 
namely : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be requested to inquire 
into the expediency and propriety of inserting in the Discipline a 
chapter on li The Manner of Constituting Exhorters and their Duty." 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be requested to inquire 
into the expediency of inserting in the chapter of the Discipline on 
the qualifications, appointments, and duties of Stewards a sentence 
demanding the appointment by each Quarterly Conference of a 
District Steward, and a paragraph defining his duties and respon- 
sibilities. 



West 

GLNIA. 



VlK- 



Biennial Ses- 
sions of the 
General Con- 
ference. 



WEST VIRGINIA CONFERENCE. 

On motion of A. J. Lyda, the following preamble 
and resolution were referred to the Committee on 
Revisals, namely : 

WJtereas, The subject of intermediate sessions as a Court of Ap- 
peals, or in some other form, has. at former meetings of this body, 
been considered and favorably reported upon, and has again at this 
session been referred to the Committee on Revisals ; and, 

Whereas, There is a wide-felt conviction that for many reasons 
affecting the Episcopacy, the Annual Conferences, and other inter- 
ests of the Church, some such arrangement should be made ; 
and, 

Whereas, In view of the great enlargement of the work there are 
numerous and important questions which demand earlier and more 
prompt attention than a body meeting only once in four years can 
give to them ; therefore, 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be instructed to con- 
sider and report on the expediency of, 

1. Such a change in the Discipline as will provide for Biennial 
Sessions of the General Conference. 

2. Such a change as will reduce the number of delegates so that 
at no time it shall exceed two hundred. 



Election 

Trustees. 



On further motion of A. J. Lyda, the following 
resolution was referred to the Committee on Revisals, 
namely : 

of Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be instructed to in- 
quire into the expediency of so changing the Book of Discipline on 
pages 263 and 2G4, sec. 2, paragraphs 2, 3, and 4, as to read as 



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109 



follows : Paragraph 2. All Trustees shall be elected by the Quarterly 
Conference of the circuit or station upon the nomination of the 
Preacher in charge or the Presiding Elder of the District ; and all 
Trustees shall hold their office until their successors are elected. 
Paragraph 3. In all cases such appointments shall be made in con- 
formity with the laws of the several States and Territories, and all 
these provisions shall apply both to the creation of new Boards and 
the filling of vacancies, whether for houses of worship or dwellings 
for the preachers. 

A. J. Lyda submitted the following preamble and 
resolution, which were referred to the Committee on 
Episcopacy, namely : 

Whereas, The health of two of our General Superintendents has 
been greatly impaired, thus to a great extent disqualifying them for 
the episcopal work ; therefore, 

Resolved, That the Committee on Episcopacy be instructed to in- 
quire into the expediency of electing two additional Bishops to the 
present Board. 



May O. 
Eighth Day. 



Additional Bish- 
ops. 



WYOMING CONFERENCE. 



Wyoming. 



On motion of H. R. Clarke, the following resolution 
was referred to the Committee on Revisals, namely : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be instructed to inquire Manipulation 
into the propriety of omitting all reference to the manipulation of °J^jj e e j* me t 'j 1 t * 
the elements of bread and wine in the order for the administration Sacrament <>f 
of the Lord's Supper in Part IV, chap, iii, page 156. the Lord's Sup- 

per. 

On motion of R. H. Clarke, the following resolution 
was adopted, namely: 

Resolved, That a special committee of nine be appointed to take Benevolent Col- 
into consideration the subject of the general benevolent collections lections. 
of the Church, and to report a plan by which their number may be 
reduced, and a more uniform and systematic support given to the 
causes they promote. 



ROCK RIVER CONFERENCE. 



Bock Eivek. 



Daniel R Kidder presented the report of the Garrett Garrett Biblical 

x Institute. 

Biblical Institute, together with a Manual of Informa- 
tion respecting the same, and they were referred to the 
Committee on Education. And, on his motion, so 
much of the Address of Bishop Janes as relates to 
such schools was referred to the same Committee. 
[For Report, see Appendix U, II.] 

The roll of Conferences was then called for the 
presentation of petitions, memorials, aud appeals, and 
they were presented and referred, as follows : 



Call for memo- 
rials, etc. 



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[1868. 



May 9- 

Eighth Day. 

Baltimore. 



Lay Represen- 
tation. 



BALTIMORE CONFERENCE. 

J. Lanahan submitted the action of the Conference 
on Lay Representation, and also its action respecting 
a Book Depository in Baltimore, and they were ap- 
propriately referred. 



Black River. 



Boundaries. 



Lay Represen- 
tation. 



BLACK RIVER CONFERENCE. 

Albert E. Corse presented the action of the Confer- 
ence respecting a division of the same, and it was 
referred to the Committee on Boundaries. 

A. J. Phelps presented the action of the Conference 
on Lay Representation, and it was referred to the 
Committee on Lay Representation. 



Central Ger- 
man. 

Lay Represen- 
tation. 



Episcopal 
tricts. 



dis- 



Lay Represen- 
tation. 



Episcopacy. 



CENTRAL GERMAN CONFERENCE. 

W. Nast presented two memorials on Lay Repre- 
sentation : one from Madison, Indiana, signed by E. 
Kempe and eleven others, and one from Manitowoc, 
Wisconsin, signed by Rev. C. Stellner and thirteen 
others, and they were referred to the Committee on 
Lay Representation. 

J. Rothweiler presented a memorial from the North 
Ohio German District Association respecting episcopal 
districts, and it was referred to the Committee on 
Itinerancy. He also presented a petition in favor of 
Lay Representation from Delaware, Ohio, signed by 
F. Graff and one other, and it was referred to the 
Committee on Lay Representation. 

J. Krehbiel presented a petition from Indianapolis 
in favor of Lay Representation, signed by P. Goth and 
nineteen others, and it was referred to the Committee 
on Lay Representation. He also presented a memorial 
from the South District of the Mission Conference of 
Germany and Switzerland, and it was referred to the 
Committee on Episcoj)acy ; also, the action of the 
Conference on Church property, and it was referred to 
the Committee on Revisals ; and also a memorial from 
the Cincinnati German District Association, and it was 
referred to the Committee on the Book Concern. 



1868.] Journal of the General Conference. Ill 

JVIay 0. 

Eighth Day. 

CENTRAL ILLINOIS CONFERENCE. Centeal Illi- 

nois. 

R. Haney presented a memorial against Lay Repre- Lay. Represen- 
sentation from Kewanee Station, signed by John B. 
Shriver and thirty-two others, and it was referred to 
the Committee on Lay Representation. 



CENTRAL OHIO CONFERENCE. Centeal Ohio. 

TV. G. Williams presented a memorial in favor of Lay Kepresen- 
Lay Representation signed by Lewis Barnes and one 
hundred and twenty-four others of Delaware, Ohio, 
and it was referred to the Committee on Lay Repre- 
sentation. 

TV. J. TVells presented four memorials in favor of 
Lay Representation : one from Findlay, Ohio, signed 
by C. A. Crouinger and sixty-four others ; one from 
Fostoria, signed by R. C. Caples and forty-four others ; 
one from Arcadia Circuit, signed by Abraham Grable 
and ten others ; and one from Marysville, signed by 
Andrew Keyes and one hundred and seventeen others, 
and they were referred to the Committee on Lay 
Representation. 

CINCINNATI CONFERENCE. Cincinnati. 

J. M. Walden presented resolutions in favor of Lay Lay Represen- 
Representation from the Monthly Conference of Cin- 
cinnati, and they were referred to the Committee on 
Lay Representation. He also presented the report of 
the Freedmen's Aid Society, and it was referred to Freedmen. 
the Committee on Freedmen. 

"William Young presented a petition from Troy in Lay Represen- 

, _ t-» • --I1 -rrr t% tt tation. 

favor ot Lay Representation, signed by W. D. Hays 
and S. T. Counts and others, and they were appro- 
priately referred. 

A. Lowry presented a petition in favor of Lay 
Representation from Grace Church, Dayton, signed by 
J. D. Loomis and seven others of the official board, 
and claiming to represent the whole male membership 
as in favor of Lay Representation, and it was referred 
to the Committee on that subject. 



112 



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[1868. 



May 9. 

Eighth Day. 
Detkoit. 



Lay Represen- 
tation. 



East 

MORE. 

Book 

tory. 



Balti- 



Deposi- 



American and 
Foreign Chris- 
tian Union. 



Temperance. 



DETEOIT CONFERENCE. 

J. M. Arnold presented a petition from the Central 
Church, Detroit, in favor of Lay Representation, 
signed by James Fenton and thirty-four others, and 
it was referred to the Committee on Lay Representa- 
tion. 

EAST BALTIMORE CONFERENCE. 

Henry Sheer presented the action of the Conference 
respecting a Book Depository in Baltimore, and it was 
referred to the Committee on the Book Concern. 

Thomas Barnhart presented the action of the Con- 
ference respecting the American and Foreign Christian 
Union, and also the action of the Conference proposing 
a change of the General Rule on Temperance, and the 
papers were appropriately referred. 



East Genesee. 



Lay Represen- 
tation. 



EAST GENESEE CONFERENCE. 

J. W. Lindsay presented a memorial from Newark, 
signed by D. D. Buck and eleven others, in favor of 
Lay Representation. K. P. Jervis presented a memo- 
rial on the same subject from Jasper, signed by S. 
Countryman and twenty-six others ; and T. B. Hudson 
presented a memorial from the Troy District Preach- 
ers and Laymen's Association on the subject of Bound- 
aries, and they were appropriately referred. 



Eastern Ger- 
man. 

Book Agency. 



EASTERN GERMAN CONFERENCE. 

J. Swahlen pi-esented the action of the Conference 
concerning the Book Agency, and also a memorial 
from Port Mission, and they were referred to the 
Committee on the Book Concern. 



Ebie. 

Lav Represen- 
tation. 



ERIE CONFERENCE. 

J. Peate presented a memorial on Lay Representa- 
tion from Gustavus, signed by A. Barris and twenty- 
two others. G. W. Clark presented a memorial on 
the same subject from Forestville, signed by C. M. 



1868.] Journal of the General Conference. 113 

Hurd and eighteen others ; and R. H. Hurlburt pre- May o. 
sented a memorial on Boundaries, signed by D. A. Boundaries . 
Crowel and twenty-three others, and they were appro- 
priately referred. 



GENESEE CONFERENCE. Genesee. 

G. De La Matyr presented the action of the Confer- L t ^ io J iepresen " 
ence on Lay Representation, and it was referred to 
the Committee on that subject. 



ILLINOIS CONFERENCE. Illinois. 

J. H. Moore presented a memorial in favor of Lay ^y Represen- 

1 m J tation. 

Representation from Irving Circuit, signed by J. M. 
Berry and twelve others ; J. Leaton presented the 
vote on Lay Representation at Waverly, thirty-two 
in favor of it and ten against it ; also a memorial from 
Mount Pleasant, signed by E. L. Waller and eighteen 
others ; one from Lynnville Circuit, signed by George 
G. Byrd and twenty-eight others ; one from University 
Charge, Bloomington, signed by O. T. Reeves and 
thirty-one others ; one from Clayton, signed by Q. 
Burgesser and fifty-three others ; also the resolution 
of the Quarterly Conference of the First Church, 
Springfield, on the same subject, and they were re- 
ferred to the Committee on Lay Representation. J. 
Leaton also presented a resolution on District Confer- District Confer- 
ences from the Mattoon District, and it was referred 
to the Committee on Itinerancy. 

W. J. Rutledge presented a petition on Lay Repre- Lay Eepresen- 
sentation from Vermont-street Station, Quincy, signed 
by J. Burns, Jr., and twenty-five others ; also the 
unanimous vote of the Leaders' Meeting of the same 
charge on the same subject, and they were referred to 
the Committee on Lay Representation. 

At this stao-e of the proceedings D. Curry moved to Representation 
suspend the Rules tor the purpose oi taking up the Conferences | 
substitute offered by W. Reddy. After a motion by 
G. B. Jocelyn to lay the motion to suspend the Rules on 
the table was lost, the Rules were suspended, and Con- 
ference resumed the consideration of the question of 

S 



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[1868. 



May 9. 

Eighth Day. 



Hester's amend- 
ment. 



Motion to lay- 
on the table 
lost. 



the admission of delegates from the Mission Confer- 
ences. 

F. A. Hester moved to amend the pending substi- 
tute by striking out all after the first " whereas," and 
inserting : 

Whereas, The last General Conference authorized the Bishops to 
organize Conferences in the Southern States and Territories ; and 

Whereas, Under this authority the Bishops have organized the 
following Conferences, and reported their action to this General 
Conference, to wit: Holston, Mississippi, Tennessee, South Caro- 
lina, Texas, Virginia and North Carolina, Georgia, and Alabama 
Conferences ; and, 

Whereas, The said Conferences have elected, on the basis of the 
ratio of representation defined in the Discipline, representatives to 
this General Conference ; and, 

Whereas, The mode of organizing these Conferences was some- 
what unusual, and doubts have arisen in some minds concerning 
their status and rights ; therefore, to remove all doubts, 

Resolved, 1. By this General Conference, that the Conferences so 
organized by the Bishops, as above recited, be and they are hereby 
recognized as Annual Conferences of the Methodist Episcopal 
Church. 

Resolved, 2. That such representatives as shall be found to be 
duly accredited, and personally qualified according to the recpiire- 
ments of the Discipline, be recognized as delegates to this General 
Conference. 

R. C. Crawford moved to lay this amendment on the 
table, but the motion was lost by a vote of ninety to 
ninety-two. 

On motion of G. "W. Woodruff, the time of the 
session was extended. 

R. S. Foster having the floor, Conference adjourned 
on motion of Henry Slicer. 

The Doxology was sung, after which the Benedic- 
tion was pronounced by Alfred Brnnson. 



May 11. 

Ninth Day. 
Morning. 



Bishop Baker. 



MONDAY MORNING, MAY 11. 

Conference met this morning, Bishop Ames in the 
chair. 

The usual religions services were conducted by J. S. 
Porter, of the Newark Conference. 

The Journal of Saturday was read and approved. 

Bishop Baker, who had been absent from the begin- 
ing of Conference on account of personal sickness, was 
present at the opening session this morning. 

A fraternal letter from the Bishops and members of 



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Journal of the General Conference. 



115 



UNIay 11. 

Ninth Day. 

Morning. 
African Meth- 
odist Episcopal 
Zion Church. 



the General Conference of the African Methodist Epis- 
copal Zion Church in America was read, and referred 
to the Committee on Correspondence. [For letter, see 
Appendix B, XXVII.] 

John M. Reid presented resolutions of condolence 
with Rev. Dr. Poe, of Cincinnati, and they were 
adopted as follows, namely : 

Whereas, This General Conference has heard of the suffering and Kev. Dr. Poe. 
illness of Rev. Dr. Poe, our Book Agent at Cincinnati, by which he 
is detained from the seat of this body; therefore 

Resolved, 1. That we sincerely and heartily sympathize with Dr. 
Poe in his present affliction, and greatly regret his inability to min- 
gle with us at this session, and afford us the benefit of his experi- 
ence and counsel in respect to the important interests over which 
he has so long, so faithfully, and so successfully presided. We re- 
member with gratitude his eminent and useful ministry, and we 
pray that God may make all his bed in his sickness, comfort and 
sustain his heart with heavenly grace, speedily recover him to 
health if it be the divine will, and finally grant him an abundant 
entrance into the heavenly kingdom. 

Resolved, 2. That the Secretary of this General Conference be re- 
quested forthwith to transmit a copy of the above to Rev. Dr. Poe. 



The roll of Conferences was called for the presenta- 
tion of petitions, memorials, and appeals, and they 
were presented and referred as follows, namely : 



Call for memo- 
rials, petitions, 
and appeals. 



INDIANA CONFERENCE. 



Indiana. 



John Kiger presented a petition in favor of Lay Lay Represen 
Representation from Graysville Circuit, signed by . 
John Pingston and twenty-five others ; also the action 
of Elizabeth Circuit Quarterly Conference against Lay 
Delegation, and they were referred to the Committee 
on that subject. He also presented the action of the 
Elizabeth Circuit Quarterly Conference against Pro- Promiscuous 

^ J p sittings. 

miscuous Sittings, and also against Choirs, and the choirs. 

papers were referred to the Committee on Revisals. 

He also presented the action of the same Quarterly 

Conference against Stations and in favor of Circuits, 

and also in favor of the Two Years' System, and the 

papers were referred to the Committee on Itinerancy. 

And also a petition from E. W. Cadwell concerning °^ un5?1 Lit er»- 

our Church Literature, and it was referred to the 

Committee on the Book Concern. 

D. M'Intyre presented a petition in favor of Lay Lay Eepresen- 
Representation from Clark's Prairie Circuit, signed b 



Rations 
Circuits. 



and 



tation. 



116 

May 11. 

Ninth Day. 
Morning. 

Iowa. 



Lay Represen- 
tation. 



Journal of the General Conference. 



[1868. 



Vincent Lester and thirty-one others, and it was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Lay Representation. 

IOWA CONFERENCE. 

E. H. "Waring presented a petition on Lay Repre- 
sentation from Bloomfield Station, signed by Leroy 
Hagan and thirty-one others; and C. A. Holmes pre- 
sented a petition for Lay Representation from Mount 
Pleasant, signed by J. P. Grantham and sixty-two 
others, and they "were referred to the Committee on 
Lay Representation. 

John H. Power presented a plan for District Con- 
ferences, and it was referred to the Committee on 
Revisals. 



Kansas. 

Lay Represen- 
tation. 



KANSAS CONFERENCE. 



W. R. Davis presented the action of the Conference 
on Lay Representation, and it was referred to the 
Committee on that subject. 



Kentucky. 



Conference of 
colored minis- 
ters. 



Lay Represen- 
tation. 



KENTUCKY CONFERENCE. 

J. C. Harrison presented a memorial in favor of the 
formation of a Colored Conference in Kentucky, signed 
by H. Talbut, and it was referred to the Committee 
on Boundaries; also a protest against Lay Represen- 
tation from Augusta Circuit, signed by Abraham 
Baker and twenty-four others, and it was referred to 
the Committee on Lay Representation. 

J. G. Bruce presented two petitions in favor of Lay 
Representation : one from Harrodsburgh, signed by J. 
TV. Card well and eleven others; and one from Rich- 
mond, signed by J. Ayres and seventeen others, and 
they were referred to the Committee on that subject. 



Michigan. 

Lay Represen- 
tation. 



MICHIGAN CONFERENCE. 

R. C. Crawford presented a memorial from Quincy 
Circuit in favor of Lay Representation, signed by J. 
Clizbie and fifteen others ; also a remonstrance against 
Lay Delegation, signed by Ira Clizbie and seven others. 

I. Cogshall presented a memorial in favor of Lay 



1868.] Journal of the General Conference. 117 

Delegation from Three Rivers, signed by J. W. Hal- JNiay 11. 
lowell and ten others ; also forty-three petitions on , X ^" TH . Day ' 

» l ,| Morning. 

Lay Representation, signed by six hundred and eight Lay Eepresen- 
in favor of it, and three hundred and twenty-four tatl0n- 
against it, and they were referred to the Committee 
on Lay Representation. 

MINNESOTA CONFERENCE. Mixxesota. 

J. F. Chaffee presented ten memorials on Lay Rep- Lay Eepresen- 

1 . tation. 

resentation : one from Cleveland, signed by A. C. 
Fowble and seven others in favor, and by A. J. Wake- 
field and six others against it ; one from Le Seur, 
signed by Robert Ashcraft and sixteen others ; one 
from Winnebago, signed by Rev. J. W. Powell and 
nineteen others ; one from Mankato, signed by Rev. E. 
R. Lathrop and seventeen others ; one from Garden 
City Circuit, signed by Henry Hudson and five others ; 
one from Blue Earth City, signed by G. W. Wheeler 
and ten others ; one from St. Peter, signed by Thomas 
Montgomery and six others ; one from Glencoe, signed 
by Rev. Levi Gleason and thirty- four others ; one from 
Winnebago, signed by Q. Andrews and three others ; 
and one from Farmington, signed by H. J. Shaffner 
and three others, all in favor of Lay Representation, 
and they were referred to the Committee on that 
subject. 

MISSOURI AND ARKANSAS CONFERENCE. Mbsocri and 

Arkaxsas. 

B. F. Crary, Chairman of the Committee on Re- 
visals, reported back a memorial from the south dis- 
trict of the Mission Conference of Germany and 
Switzerland, and on his motion it was referred to the 
Committee on Itinerancy. He also announced that 
William H. Gillam, a delegate from the Missouri and w - E - GUiam. 
Arkansas Conference, whose credentials were pre- 
sented on the first day of the session, was now 
present, and on motion he was admitted to a seat in 
the Conference, and assigned to the several Commit- 
tees in the place of Benjamin St. James Fry, who, as 
a reserve delegate from the same Conference, has been 
serving in his stead during his absence. 



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[1868, 



May 11. 

Ninth Day. 
Morning. 
Newark. 



Magazine for 
children. 



Bureau of Edu- 
cation. 

Lay Represen- 
tation. 



Boundaries. 



NEWARK CONFERENCE. 

I. W. Wiley presented the action of the Newark 
Conference respecting a magazine for children, and it 
was referred to the Committee on the Book Concern. 

J. T. Crane presented the action of the Newark 
Conference in favor of a Bureau of Education, and it 
was referred to the Committee on Education ; also 
two petitions in favor of Lay Representation : one from 
Madison, signed by B. H. Nadall and six others, and 
one from Boonton, signed by Rev. H. T>. Opdyke 
and twenty-seven others, and they were referred to 
the Committee on Lay Representation. 

J. S. Porter presented the action of the Conference 
protesting against a division of its territory, and it 
was referred to the Committee on Boundaries. 



New England. 



NEW ENGLAND CONFERENCE. 



American and 
Foreign Chris- 
tian Union. 

Lay Represen- 
tation. 



D. Sherman presented the action of the Conference 
on the American and Foreign Christian Union, and it 
was referred to the special Committee on that subject. 
L. R. Thayer presented the action of the Conference 
on Lay Representation, and it was referred to the 
Committee on that subject ; also the action of the 
Bishop Roberts. Conference respecting Bishop Roberts, and it was 
referred to the Committee on Missions ; also the action 
of the Conference on Freedmen's Aid, and it was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Freedmen. 

William Butler presented the report of the Boston 
Theological Seminary for 1S6S, and it was referred to 
the Committee on Education. 



Freedmen. 



Boston Theo 
logical Semi 
nary. 



New PIamp- 

SHIBE. 



NEW HAMPSHIRE CONFERENCE. 

L. D. Barrows, Chairman of the Committee on the 
State of the Church, reported back the action of the 
New England Conference relating to Chaplaincies in 
the Army and Navy, and on his motion it was referred 
to a special committee of five. 



1868.] Journal of the General Conference. 119 

May 11. 

NEW JERSEY CONFERENCE. NlNTH Dat - 

Morning. 

E. H. Stokes presented the action of the Conference New Jersey. 
respecting Pastoral Supplies, and it was referred to p ^^ d8Bp " 
the Committee on Itinerancy. 

J. B. Dobbins presented a petition for Lay Repre- Lay Represen- 
sentation from New Brunswick, signed by Elijah 
Kelley and thirty-eight others, and it was referred to 
the Committee on that subject. 

NEW YORK CONFERENCE. New York. 

John M'Clintock presented a memorial from Rev. Rev. j. Anke- 

. . . telloftheProt- 

John Anketell, a minister of the Protestant Episcopal estant Episco- 
Church, and Rector of St. Paul's Parish, Havana, New r ' a 
York, requesting the General Conference to appoint a 
committee to confer with the authorities of the Prot- 
estant Episcopal Church in behalf of measures which 
may reunite the two communions, and it was referred 
to the Committee on the State of the Church. [For 
Memorial, see Appendix B, XXXIV.] 

J. B. Wakeley presented a petition for Lay Delega- Lay Delegation. 
tion from Walton, signed by E. R. Rogers and twelve 
brethren and seven sisters, and it was referred to the 
Committee on that subject. 

W. H. Ferris presented the action of the District 
Stewards of the New York District on Boundaries, Boundaries. 
and it was referred to the Committee on Boundaries ; 
also their action respecting the pastor's salary, and it Pastor ' s saIar J"- 
was referred to the Committee on Revisals. 

NEW YORK EAST CONFERENCE. New York 

East. 

B. Pilsbury presented the action of the New York 
East Conference: 1. On the subject of Divorce, and Divorce, 
it was referred to the Committee on Revisals ; 2. On 
Lav Representation, and it was referred to the Com- Lay Eepresen- 

. ... tation. 

raittee on that subject ; 3. On Chaplaincies in the 

-i-vt i- p i ^ *i c< • 1 Chaplaincies in 

Army and -Navy, and it was referred to the Special the Army and 
Committee on that subject. He also presented a pe- vy ' 
tition for Lay Representation from Middletown, signed Lay Represen- 
by John Johnston, LL.D., and eighty-five others, 
and it was referred to the Committee on Lay Rep- 
resentation. 



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ZMay 11. 

Ninth Day. 
Morning. 

North Indi- 



NORTH INDIANA CONFERENCE. 



T. Bowman presented a memorial on Lay Repre- 
X taTion lepresen ~ sentation from New Haven, signed by John Dougall 
and six others, and it was referred to the Committee 
on that subject. 



North Ohio. 



Lay Represen- 
tation. 



Lay Delegation. 



Lay Represen- 
tation. 



NORTH OHIO CONFERENCE. 

C. H. Owens presented a memorial on Lay Delega- 
tion from Bolivar Circuit, signed by David Gant and 
twenty-three others, and it was referred to the Com- 
mittee on Lay Representation ; also a memorial from 
Upper Sandusky, signed by H. Flack and eighteen 
others, and it was referred to the Committee on 
Boundaries. 

W. D. Godman presented a petition on Lay Dele- 
gation, signed by J. A. Kellam and forty-three others, 
and it was referred to the Committee on that subject. 

A. Wheeler presented seven memorials in favor of 
Lay Representation : one from Amherst, signed by E. 
R. Rawley and seventeen others ; one from La Porte, 
signed by A. Ryder and thirty-three others ; one from 
Pittsfiekl, signed by R. Mills and twenty-eight others ; 
one from Utica, signed by James Strong and eleven 
others ; one from Litchfield, signed by H. Nelson and 
six others ; one from Avon, signed by Alexis Miller 
and fifteen others ; and one from Berea, signed by T. 
J. Quayle and twelve others, and they were referred 
to the Committee on Lay Representation. 



Northwestern 
German. 

Lay Represen- 
tation. 



NORTHWESTERN GERMAN CONFERENCE. 

F. Schuler presented five memorials in favor of Lay 
Representation : one from Cannon River, signed by H. 
Roth and twenty-two others ; one from Spring Prairie, 
signed by Louis Schmidler and eight others ; one from 
Hokah, signed by A. Brunei* and seven others ; one 
from Fountain City, signed by Joseph Seidel and thir- 
teen others ; and one from New Ulm, signed by John 
Paulson and eight others, and they were referred to 
the Committee on Lay Representation. 



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121 



NORTHWEST INDIANA CONFERENCE. 



May 11. 

Ninth Day. 
Morning. 

Aaron Wood presented a petition from South Bend Northwest l\-- 

1 . L . DIAXA. 

on Lay Delegation, signed by E. Egbert and nine 

others, and it was referred to the Committee on Lay ay e e§a on ' 

Representation ; he also presented papers from John 

Thrush, which were referred to the Committee on Episcopacy. 

Episcopacy. 



OHIO CONFERENCE. 



Ohio. 



J. M. Trimble presented a petition on Lay Delega- Lay Delegation, 
tion from Scioto Furnace, signed by Andrew Craw- 
ford and twenty-two others, and it was referred to the 
Committee on Lay Representation. 



OREGON CONFERENCE. 

H. C. Benson presented a memorial from Rev. John 
Spencer on Lay Representation, and it was referred to 
the Committee on that subject. 

On motion of John M'Clintock, the order of the 
day, namely, the reception of the Deputation from 
the Methodist Episcopal Church in Canada, was taken 
up, when the credentials of the Revs. William Pirritte 
and George Abbs, accrediting them to this body, 
together with the Address of the General Conference 
which they represent, were read. They were then in- 
troduced by the President, and addressed the Confer- 
ence. [For addresses to the General Conference see 
Appendix B, XVI, XVII, XVLTL] 

The call of Conferences was resumed. 



Oeegon. 

Lay Represen- 
tation. 



Eev.W Pirritte 
and Eev. G. 
Abbs of Can- 
ada. 



PHILADELPHIA CONFERENCE. 

J. Castle presented two petitions on Boundaries : 
one from Port Carbon, signed by Rev. J. Lindemuth 
and thirteen others ; and one from Tatnaqua, signed 
by William Brooks and seven others, and they were 
referred to the Committee on Boundaries. He also 
presented a communication from the Ladies' and 
Pastors' Christian Union of Philadelphia, and it was 
referred to the Committee on the State of the Church ; 



Philadelphia. 



Boundaries. 



Ladies' and Pas- 
tors' Christian 
Union.' 



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[1S6S. 



JMay 11. 

Ninth Day. 

Morning. 

Chartered 
Fund. 

Lay Represen- 
tation. 



also the report of the Trustees of the Chartered Fund, 
which was referred to a special Committee of five. 
[For Report, see Appendix T, I.] 

G. D. Carrow presented petitions from Philadelphia 
in favor of Lay Representation, signed by Colonel 
John A. "Wright and nine hundred others, and they 
were referred to the Committee on Lay Represen- 
tation. 



PITTSBURGH. 



PITTSBURGH CONFERENCE. 

A. J. Endsley presented the action of the Con- 
Court of Ap- ference on creating a Court of Appeals, to meet 
annually ; and also the action of the Conference re- 
specting Uniformity in Public Worship, and the papers 
were referred to the Committee on Revisals. 

D. L. Dempsey presented the action of the Quarterly 

Conference of Christ Church, Pittsburgh, also a 

petition from Salem, Ohio, signed by John Hunt and 

Lay Eepresen- sixty others, in favor of Lay Representation, and they 

were referred to the Committee on that subject. 
Lay Delegation. S. H. Nesbit presented a petition on Lay Delegation 
from Massillon, signed by A. J. Humberger and six- 
teen others, and it was referred to the Committee on 
Lay Delegation. He also presented the action of the 
Conference requesting the formation of Episcopal 
Districts, and it was referred to the Committee on 
Itinerancy. 



Providence. 



Lay Represen- 
tation. 



Lay Delegation. 



PROVIDENCE CONFERENCE. 

M. J. Talbot presented the following petitions in 
favor of Lay Representation, namely : one from North 
Shore, signed by James Dixon and fourteen others; 
one from Yarmouth Port, signed by Rev. L. Cady and 
seven others ; one from Millville, signed by John C. 
Scott and ten others ; one from East Falmouth, signed 
by J. S. Burgess and seven others ; one from East 
Ford, signed by L. Arnold and six others ; one from 
Hazardville, signed by J. W. Parsons and eleven 
others ; and one from North Bridgewater, signed by 
J. J. Whipple and sixteen others ; and they were 
appropriately referred. 

S. C. Brown presented a memorial in favor of Lay 
Delegation from Fourth- street Charge, New Bedford, 



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123 



signed by Joseph Brownell and twenty-one others, 
and it was referred to the Committee on Lay Rep- 
resentation. 



May 11. 

Ninth Dat. 

Morning. 



ROCK RIVER CONFERENCE. 



Rook River. 



L. Hitchcock presented the following memorials on 
Lay Representation, namely : one from Clark-street, Lay Represen- 
Chicago, signed by C. De Wolf and thirty-eight 
others ; one from Burnett Circuit, Wisconsin, signed 
by L. B. Eaton and five others in favor of it, and S. C. 
Grant and three others against it ; one from Somonauk, 
signed by A. Gage and ten others; and one from 
Belden Circuit, signed by Pardon Tabor and four 
others, and they were referred to the Committee on 
Lay Representation. 

T. M. Eddy presented petitions in favor of Lay Lay Delegation. 
Representation from various charges, signed by O. L. 
Mann and seventy-four others, and they were referred 
to the Committee on Lay Delegation. 



SOUTHEASTERN" INDIANA CONFERENCE. 



southeasteen 
Indiana. 



F. C. Holliday presented the following petitions 
relating to Boundaries, namely : one from the Presi- Boundaries. 
dent, Faculty, and Trustees of the Indiana Female 
College, in the city of Indianapolis ; one from official 
members of Indianapolis, signed by J. P. Dunn and 
twenty-three others ; one from official members of 
Indianapolis, signed by Isaac Pattison and seventeen 
others ; one from Trinity and Robert's Chapel, signed 
by Dr. L. Abbott and twenty-nine other official mem- 
bers ; one from Indianapolis District, signed by Rev. 
F. S. Turk and one hundred and seventy-three official 
members and preachers ; one from Milroy, signed by 
James M. Cann and fifteen other official members ; 
one from Lawrenceburgh District, signed by James B. 
Lathrop and one hundred and forty-seven other 
official members and pastors ; one from Milton Circuit, 
signed by G. W. Winchester and nineteen other official 
members ; one from Connersville District, signed by 
E. W. Burress and one hundred and fifty-six other 
official members and ministers, and they were referred 



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[1868. 



]Vlay 11. 

Ninth Day. 
Morning. 

Lay Eepresen- 
tation. 



to the Committee on Boundaries. He also presented 
the following on Lay Representation, namely : one 
from Blooming Grove Circuit, signed by J. C. Black- 
ledge and twenty-two others ; one from Burlington 
Circuit, signed by "W. G. Ball and fourteen others ; 
one from Milroy Circuit, signed by A. Richey and 
forty others ; one from Columbia Circuit, signed by 
H. A. Hazzard and seventeen others ; one from Brook- 
ville, signed by Jackson Lynn and eight others ; and 
one from Fairfield, signed by John Masters and eight 
others, and they were referred to the Committee on 
Lay Representation. 



SOTITHEEN 
LIXOIS. 



IL- 



SOUTHERN ILLINOIS CONFERENCE. 



T. A. Eaton presented the action of the Vandalia 
Lay Delegation, and Belleville Quarterly Conferences on Lay Represen- 
tation, and the papers were referred to the Committee 
on that subject. 

Tboy - troy conference. 

J. E. King presented a memorial from Poultney in 

L tation epreSen " f avor °f I ja ) r Representation, signed by J. Newman 
and nineteen others, and it was referred to the Com- 
mittee on Lay Representation. 



Upper Iowa. 



Location 
churches. 



of 



Lay Represen- 
tation. 



UPPER IOWA CONFERENCE. 

A. J. Kynett presented a communication from Daniel 
Cobie respecting location of churches, and it was 
referred to the Committee on the Church Extension 
Society. He also presented memorials in favor of Lay 
Representation, as follows, namely : one from Fred- 
ericksburgh Circuit, signed by George W. Adams and 
thirteen others; one from Cedar Falls, signed by 
Sheppard Wilson and sixteen others ; one from Potter- 
ville Circuit, signed by John Anchampaugh and 
twenty-three others ; one from Marshalltown, signed 
by Hon. H. C. Henderson and twenty-three others ; 
one from Marshalltown, signed by Hon. Thomas 
H. Benton and thirty-three others ; one from Decorah, 
signed by S. M. Leach and thirty-three others ; also a 
statement of the action of the several Quarterly Con- 



1868.] Journal of the General Conference. 125 

ferences in favor of Lay Representation, and they were May 11. 
referred to the Committee on that subject. Manting. 

D. N". Holmes presented a petition from Iowa Falls 
on Boundaries, signed by Jacob George and fifty-nine Boundaries, 
others, and it was referred to the Committee on 
Boundaries. 



• VERMONT CONFERENCE. Vebuont. 

Bennett Eaton presented the action of the Confer- Public Coiiec- 
ence relating to public collections, and it was referred 
to the Special Committee on that subject. He also 
presented a memorial from T. B. Taylor relating to 
Membership and Local Preachers, and it was referred 
to the Committee on Revisals. He also presented the 
following memorials on Boundaries, namely : One from Boundaries. 
Ripton, signed by W. H. Dean and four others ; one 
from Winooski, signed bv S. H. Weston and four 
others ; one from Hinesburgh, signed by Perry Russell 
and eleven others ; one from West Addison, signed by 
Rev. Benjamin Cox and ten others ; one from Char- 
lotte and Ferrisburgh, signed bv H. Bostwick and 
sixteen others ; one from Monkton, signed by 1ST. C. 
Parker and eighteen others ; one from Vergennes, 
signed by Rev. S. Jackson and twenty-five others ; one 
from Pittsford, signed by C. Hitchcock and thirty 
others ; one from North Ferrisburgh, signed by James 
M. Ball and thirty-nine others ; one from Leicester 
and Whiting, signed by C. A. Stevens and fifty others ; 
one from Starksborough, signed by S. D. Holcomb 
and seventy-one others ; and one from Middlebury 
Charge, signed by Harry Langworthy and eighty- 
five others, and they were referred to the Committee 
on Boundaries. 



WEST VIRGINIA CONFERENCE. West Vibgim.a. 

Gideon Martin presented the action of the Quarterly 
Conference of Paintsville Circuit, and also the action 
of the West Virginia Conference on Boundaries, and Boundaries, 
the papers were referred to the Committee on Bounda- 
ries. He also presented the action of the Conference 



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[1S68. 



May 11. on Lay Representation, and it was referred to the 
^SomfnJ.' Committee on that subject. 



West Wiscon- 
sin. 



WEST WISCONSIN CONFEKENCE. 



Lay Eepresen- R. Dudgeon presented fifteen petitions on Lay Rep- 
resentation, and they were referred to the Committee 
on that subject. 



Wisconsin. 



WISCONSIN CONFERENCE. 



Lay Eepresen- 
tation. 



Society. 

Lay Represen- 
tation. 



W. G. Miller presented the action of the Conference 
on Lay Representation ; also a petition on the same 
subject from Division-street, Fond du Lac, signed by 
J. B. Cooper and thirteen others, and they were re- 
ferred to the Committee on Lay Representation. He 
also presented a petition of M. Himebaugh and other 
seamen'sFriend papers of the Seamen's Friend Society, and they were 
referred to the Special Committee on Seamen. 

C. D. Pillsbury presented the following petitions 
for Lay Representation, namely : one from Marshall, 
signed by H. Douglas and twenty-three others; one 
from Whitewater, signed by Milton Rowley and forty 
others ; one from Janesville, signed by S. C. Burnham 
and twenty-one others; Bishop Morris presented a 
remonstrance against Lay Representation from Sum- 
merfield, Milwaukee, signed by G. W. Laken, and 
they were referred to the Committee on Lay Repre- 
sentation. 

G. M. Steele presented a petition in favor of Lay 
Representation from Kenosha, signed by W. Osborne 
and eleven others, and it was referred to the Com- 
mittee on Lay Representation. 



Wyoming. 



Boundaries. 



Lay Represen- 
tation. 



WYOMING CONFERENCE. 

R. Nelson presented the action of the Conference on 
Boundaries, and it was referred to the Committee on 
Boundaries. 

Z. Paddock presented a remonstrance against Lay 
Representation from Little Meadows, signed by C. E. 
Taylor and nineteen others, and it was appropriately 
referred. 



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Journal of the General Conference. 



12: 



On motion, the order of business was suspended, Mlay 11, 
and the subject of the admission of representatives N M™ lin t Y ' 
from Mission Conferences was taken up. Mission Confer- 

At a subsequent stage of the proceedings it was, on 
motion of T. M. Eddy, agreed that when Conference 
adiourn it adiourn to meet at half past two o'clock Adjourned to 

. . ,. half past two 

this afternoon, the question now pending being the o'clock, 
order of the day when Conference meets. 

After further discussion of the subject Conference 
adjourned by expiration of time. 

The Doxology was sung ; after which the Benedic- 
tion was pronounced by A H. Ferguson. 



MONDAY AFTERNOON, MAY 11. 



Afternoon. 



Conference met pursuant to adjournment, Bishop 
Clark in the chair. 

The usual religious services were conducted by S. 
H. Beale, of the East Maine Conference. 

On motion, the reading of the Journal for this 
morning's session was postponed till to-morrow 



morning. 



On motion of Jesse T. Peck, the order of the day, Orderoftheday 



being the amendment to the substitute offered by W. 
Reddy for the report of the Committee of Seven on 
the Admission of Delegates from the Mission Confer- 
ences, was taken up. 

R. H. Pattison moved that the report of the Com- 
mittee of Seven, the substitute offered by W. Reddy, 
and the amendment offered bv P. A. Hester, be laid on 
the table, and the motion prevailed. 

W. L. Harris then offered a series of resolutions on 
the same subject ; and, on his motion, the following 
resolution was adopted, namely : 

Resolved, That the Conference now proceed to vote without fur- 
ther debate, provided this order shall not prevent the offering of 
amendments or substitutes, or the making of legitimate motions, but 
if such be offered or made the vote shall be taken thereon without 
debate. 

Conference then proceeded to act upon the resolu- 
tions, considering them seriatim. 



taken up. 



The report, sub- 
stitute, and 
amendment 
laid on the ta- 
ble. 



Resolutions of 
W. L. Iiarris. 



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T1868. 



May 11. 

Ninth Day. 
Afternoon. 



D. Curry's sub- 
stitute. 



The first resolution was read, whereupon R. S. 
Foster offered a substitute, which he subsequently 
withdrew. 

D. Curry then offered the following resolutions as a 
substitute, namely : 

Resolved, 1. That all disabilities be removed from the Alabama, 
Delaware, Georgia, Holston, Mississippi, South Carolina. Tennessee, 
Texas, Virginia and North Carolina, and Washington Conferences, 
and that they be invested with the full rights and powers of regular 
Annual Conferences. 

Resolved, 2. That persons duly accredited as delegates from these 
bodies, elected according to the laws and usages of the Church, 
shall be admitted on their credentials to seats in this body without 
the right to vote. 



The substitute 
laid on the 
table. 



W. H. Olin's 
amendment. 

Lost. 

First resolution 
adopted. 

Second resolu- 
tion adopted. 



J. Lanahan's 
motion. 



Third resolu- 
tion adopted. 

Eeconsider. 



Ayes and noes 
ordered. 



On motion of R. Nelson, this substitute was laid on 
the table, one hundred and fifty-five voting in the 
affirmative. 

AT. H. Olin moved to amend the first resolution by 
striking out the words, "restricting or;" but, on motion 
of C. A. Holmes, the amendment was laid on the table, 
and the first resolution was adopted. 

The second resolution was read and adopted. 

The third resolution was read. G. B. Jocelyn moved 
to amend by striking out the word " provisional ;" but, 
on motion of W. L. Gray, the motion to amend was 
laid on the table. 

J. Lanahan moved that the third and fourth resolu- 
tions be united in one resolution, but, on motion of G. 
Haven, the motion to unite the resolutions was laid on 
the table. 

G. Haven moved to amend by inserting the word 
"Conference" after the word "requisite," when, on 
motion of W. L. Harris, the motion to amend was laid 
on the table. 

The third resolution was then adopted, one hundred 
and eighty-nine voting in the affirmative. 

J. M. Reid moved a reconsideration of the vote 
adopting the third resolution, that the vote on its 
adoption may be taken by ayes and noes. G. D. 
Carrow moved to lay the motion to reconsider on the 
table, but the motion did not prevail, and the vote 
adopting the resolution was reconsidered, and the ayes 
and noes were ordered. The roll of Conference was 
called, and the vote was as follows, namely : 



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Ayes. — Akers, Allen, Armstrong of Black River, Biay 11. 



Armstrong of Cincinnati, Arnold, Baker, Bangs, Barn- 
hart, Barrows, Beale, Benson, Bingham, Blades, 
Blanchard, Bland, Bowen, Bowman, Brooks, Brown 
of Providence, Brown of Troy, Brace of Black River, 
Branson, Brash, Burdick, Butler, Carlton, Caruthers, 
Cartwright, Carrow, Castle, Chaffee, Clarke of Erie, 
Clark of New England, Clark of New Hampshire, 
Clarke of "Wyoming, Cobb, Cocker, Cogshall, Colby, 
Corrington, Corse, Crane, Crary, Crawford, Crever, 
Cumming, Cunningham, Daugherty, Davis, Day, 
De La Matyr, Dempsey, Donelson, Dosh, Dudgeon, 
Durbin, Dyer, Eaton of Southern Illinois, Eaton of 
Vermont, Eddy, Elliott, Endsley, Erwin, Fallows, 
Ferguson, Fiegeubaum, Fisher, Fullerton, Giddings, 
Godman, Goode, Goss, Graham, Graves, Gray, Greer, 
Hall, Haney, Harris, Hartshorn, Hascall, Haven of 
Detroit, Haven of New England, Heisler, Helmers- 
hausen, Hester, Hill, Hines, Hitchcock, Holliday, 
Holmes of Iowa, Holmes of Upper Iowa, Hopkins, 
Hudson of East Genesee, Hudson of Pittsburgh, Hul- 
burd, Hunter, Huntingdon, Hurlburt, Jasper, Jervis, 
Jocelyn, Kendall, Kennedy, Kiger, King, Krehbiel, 
Kuhl, Kynett, Lamont, Larew, Leaton, Lindsay, 
Locke, Lowe, Lowry, Luce, Lyda, M'CIintock, MTn- 
tyre, Mahin, Maltby, Martin (Alexander), Martin 
(Gideon), Mather, Mead, Medsker, Meginnis, Merrill, 
Miller of Pittsburgh, Miller of Wisconsin, Mitchell of 
Des Moines, Mitchell of East Baltimore, Mitchell of 
Kansas, Moore, Morrell, Morrison, Mulfiuger, Munger, 
Nast, Nelson, Nesbit, Olin, Osbon, Owens, Paddock, 
Pattison, Peate, Peck of Troy, Peck of Wyoming, 
Pershing, Phelps, Pike, Pilsbury of New York East, 
Pillsbury of Wisconsin, Porter of Newark, Porter of 
Ohio, Power, Queal, Rawlins, Reddy, Reid of East 
Genesee, Reed of Northwest Indiana, Reed of Upper 
Iowa, Rhodes, Ritchie, Robinson, Ross, Rothweiler, 
Rutledge, Schuler, Shreck, Shumate, Smith of Phila- 
delphia, Spahr, Spottswood, Steele, Stokes, Svvahlen, 
Talbot, Taylor, Thayer, Torsey, Trimble, Vancleve, 
Vernon, Wakeley, Walden, Waring, Wells, Wheeler, 
Wiley, Williams, Wise, Wood, Woodruff, Wright— 197. 



Ninth Dat. 
Afternoon. 



130 



Journal of the General Conference. 



[18G8. 



May 11. 

Ninth Day. 
Afternoon. 



Fourth resolu- 
tion adopted, 
and the resolu- 
tions adopted 
us a whole. 

Resolutions of 
W. L. Harris. 



JYbes. — Baume, Blake, Brown of New York, Curry, 
Dobbins, Edwards, Ferris, Foster, France, Lanahan, 
M'Combs, Murphy, Porter of New England, Sherman, 
Slicer — 15. 

Absent. — Bannister, Bruce of Kentucky, Cooper, 
Dillon, French, Fuller, Gillam, Harrison, Hibbard, 
Hobart, Hunt, Ives, Kidder, Pease, Bay, Smith of 
Northwest Indiana, Vansant, Wentworth of Genesee, 
Young — 19. 

Total. — Ayes, 197; Noes, 15; Absent, 19. 

So the resolution was adopted, one hundred and 
ninety-seven voting in favor of it, and fifteen against it. 

The fourth resolution was then read. A motion to 
lay the resolution on the table was lost, and J. W. 
Lindsay then moved that it be indefinitely postponed ; 
but the motion to postpone was, on motion of G. D. 
Carrow, laid on the table. 

L. C. Queal moved that the Secretaries of the Con- 
ference be substituted for the committee of seven, 
called for in the resolution ; when, on motion of I. C. 
Pershing, this motion was laid on the table. 

The fourth resolution was then adopted, and the 
resolutions as a whole were adopted as follows, 
namely : 

Eu-solved, 1. That all action of the General Conference of 1864, re- 
stricting or purporting to restrict the rights and privileges of the 
Annual Conferences which the Bishops were authorized by the said 
General Conference to form within the United States and Territories, 
be and the same is hereby repealed. 

Resolved, 2. That the following Conferences, namely, Alabama, 
Delaware, Georgia, Holston, Mississippi, South Carolina, Tennessee, 
Texas, Virginia and North Carolina, and Washington, are hereby 
declared to be Annual Conferences of the Methodist Episcopal 
Church in the United States of America, and vested with all the 
rights, privileges, and immunities usual to Annual Conferences of 
said Church. 

Resolved, 3. That the Provisional Delegates to this body, elected 
by the aforesaid Conferences severally, are hereby admitted to mem- 
bership in this General Conference on the presentation of the requi- 
site credentials. 

Resolved, 4. That a committee of seven be appointed to which shall 
be referred the credentials of the said Provisional Delegates, together 
with so much of the Journals of the said Conferences as relates to 
their election, and that the Committee report at the earliest practi- 
cable moment. 

On motion of A. S. Graves, it was ordered that ab- 
sent members have leave to record their votes on the 
third resolution. • 



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131 



The Chair announced the following special com- 
mittees, namely : 

1. On Correspondence. — A. Martin, J. TV. Arm- 
strong, W. Butler, G. M. Steele, G. B. Jocelyn, Philip 
Kuhl, W. R. Davis, K. P. Jen-is, John S. Heisler. 

2. On Benevolent Collections. — B. 1ST. Spahr, R. 
Nelson, Robert H. Pattison, H. Ritchie, L. C. Queal, 
S. H. Beale, G. Martin, S. Fallows, J. W. Ross. 

3. On Chaplaincies in, the Army and Navy. — TV. 
R. Clark, T. Mitchell, I. C. Pershing, C. Larew, M. 
Mahin. 

4. On Chartered Fiend.— TV. G. Miller, TV. Reddy, 
TV. D. Godman, TV. M'Combs, J. Hascall. 

On motion, Conference adjourned. The Doxology 
was sung, after which Thomas H. Pearne pronounced 
the Benediction. 



3\l»y 11. 

Ninth Day. 
Afternoon. 

Special Com- 
mittees an- 
nounced. 



TUESDAY MORNING, MAY 12, 

Conference met this morning, Bishop Thomson in 
the chair. 

The religious services were conducted by Aaron 
Wood, of the Northwest Indiana Conference. 

The Journal of yesterday, for both morning and 
afternoon, was read and approved. 

On motion of F. C. Holliday, James Baume had 
leave to change his vote given yesterday on the call of 
the ayes and noes, in voting on the third resolution 
respecting the admission of delegates from the Mission 
Conferences ; whereupon his name being called by the 
Secretary, he changed his vote from no to aye on the 
motion to adopt the said resolution. The names of 
the following members, absent when the vote was 
taken yesterday, were called, and they voted on the 
same motion, as follows : Bannister aye, Bruce of Ken- 
tucky aye, Cooper aye, Dillon aye, French aye, Harri- 
son aye, Hibbard aye, Hobart aye, Hunt aye, Ives 
aye, Pease aye, Ray aye, Smith of Northwest Indiana 
aye, Young aye, thus adding fifteen votes in favor of 
the resolution to those given yesterday, and reducing 
the vote against it to fourteen, thus adopting the res- 
olution by a vote of two hundred and twelve in favor 



INlay 13. 

Tenth 1)ay. 



Absentees vote- 



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M!ay 12. 

Tenth Day. 



Committee on 
credentials of 

delegates from 
Mission Con- 
ferences. 



Cont, -ences 
called for mis- 

i.ieous bus- 
iness. 



to fourteen against it. The following members were 
absent or did not vote, namely : Fuller, Gillam, Kid- 
der, Vansant, and Wentworth of Genesee. 

A paper on the American and Foreign Christian 
Union was presented, and referred to the Committee 
on that subject. 

Bishop Clark announced the following Committee on 
the Credentials of the Provisional Delegates elected by 
the Mission Conferences, as provided in the fourth 
resolution on that subject, adopted yesterday, namely : 

George Peck, T. M. Eddy, J. W. Lindsay, H. R. 
Clarke, J. B. Corriugton, M. J. Talbot, and B. H. 
Crever. 

On motion, the Committee thus announced had leave 
to retire. 

On motion, the rules were suspended in order that 
the Conferences might be called for the presentation 
of miscellaneous business. The roll of Conferences 
was called, and business was introduced and disposed 
of as follows, namely : 



Baltimore. 



Sale of Church 
property. 



Appeal of J. 
Thrush, 



BALTIMORE CONFERENCE. 

On motion of John Lanahan, the following resolu- 
tion was referred to the Committee on Revisals, 
namely : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be instructed to inquire 
into the expediency of amending the Discipline, (Part VI, chap, iii, 
sec. 3, ans. 4.) which reads, "a majority of all the members of such 
Quarterly Conference concurring, and the Annual Conference con- 
senting," so as to read as follows: "a majority of all the members 
of such Quarterly Conference concurring, and the Annual Confer- 
ence consenting, or in the interim of an Annual Conference the 
Presiding Bishop of said Conference." 

Also on further motion of John Lanahan, the fol- 
lowing resolution was adopted, namely : 

Resolved, That the appeal of John Thrush, formerly of the Balti- 
more Conference, now of the Northwest Indiana Conference, be re- 
ferred to the Court of Appeals. 



Black River. BLACK RIVER CONFERENCE. 

On motion of A. E. Corse, the following preamble 
and resolution was referred to the Committee on 
Boundaries, namely : 



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Whereas, There is now in many instances great obscurity in the ]NXay 13. 

boundary lines of Annual Conferences as given in the Discipline ; Testu Day. 
therefore, Boundaries. 

Resolved, That the Committee on Boundaries be instructed to take 
this whole subject under consideration, and so revise the record of 
boundary lines that the boundary of each Conference shall be dis- 
tinct and intelligible in the forthcoming Discipline. 

On motion of A. J. Phelps, the following resolution 
was referred to the Committee on the Book Concern, 
namely : 

Resolved, That the Committee on the Book Concern be instructed Depository at 
to inquire into the expediency of establishing a Depository of our Syracuse, 
books at Syracuse, Xew York. 

On motion of E. C. Bruce, the following resolution 
was adopted, namely : 

Resolved, That so much of the Episcopal Address as relates to Supernumerary 
supernumerary preachers be referred to the Committee ou Itinerancy. P ieac ers - 

On motion of J. W. Armstrong, the following reso- 
lution was referred to the Committee on Revisals, 
namely : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be requested to consider Examination of 
whether or not any plan can be devised by which the examinations preachers, 
of the preachers in the course of study can be had on the several 
Presiding Elders' Districts instead of at Conference. 



I. S. Bingham offered the following resolution, and, 
on motion, it was referred to the Committee on Mis- 
sions, namely : 

Resolved, That a committee of seven, to consist of preachers and Semi-centenni- 
laymen, be ordered, to be appointed by the Chair, who, with the al of the Mis 
concurrence of the Board of Bishops, shall have full powers in the 
premises, whose duty it shall be to make provision for a suitable 
celebration of the semi-centennial of the Missionary Society of the 
Methodist Episcopal Church at some time during the year 1869. 



sionary 
ety. 



Soci- 



CALIFORNIA CONFERENCE. California. 

On motion of A. Bland, the following resolution was 
referred to the Committee on Revisals, namely : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be instructed to take Reception of 
into consideration the propriety of changing the Discipline on page 
S3, Part II, chap, ii, sec. 12, so that "and the Methodist Episcopal 
Church, South," may be added to the first question, and also to the 
answer to that question; and so that the second question and its 
answer may be stricken out, that we may receiv<e ministers from the 
Methodist Episcopal Church, South, upon the same conditions upon 
which we receive ministers from other Methodist bodies. 



the.Metb.Epis. 

Church, South. 



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May 12. 

Tenth Dat. CENTRAL GERMAN CONFERENCE. 

Central Ger- 

MAN- On motion of J. Rotliweiler, the following resolution 

was referred to the Committee on Revisals, namely : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be instructed to inquire 

into the propriety of amending the Discipline on page 119, ques. 2, 

third line, by inserting after the word " neglect" the words any one 

Neglect of the of, so that it shall read " who habitually neglect any one of the 

means of grace. mea ns of grace," etc. 



Central Illi- 
nois. 



Scandinavian 
work. 



Endowment for 
schools. 



Book Concern. 



Ordinations. 



CENTRAL ILLINOIS CONFERENCE. 

W. H. Hunter presentee! the following preamble and 
resolution, and they were referred to the Special Com- 
mittee on the Centenary, namely : 

Whereas, we believe it important for the success of our Scan- 
dinavian work both in this country, and also in other lands, that 
the Methodist Episcopal Church should make ample provision for 
the theological training of her young men called of God to the min- 
istry ; and, 

Whereas, Our Scandinavian brethren have secured by pledges in 
their Centenary offerings about twenty thousand dollars for the en- 
dowment of an institution of learning for the better preparation of 
their young men for the work of the ministry ; therefore, 

Resolved, That the Centenary Committee inquire into the expe- 
diency of recommending to this General Conference an appropria- 
tion of twenty-five thousand dollars from the Centenary funds for 
educational purposes to this object. 

And on further motion of W. H. Hunter, the fol- 
lowing preamble and resolution were referred to the 
Committee on the Book Concern : 

Whereas, It is believed that the disbursements of the Book Con- 
cern for many years past have been made in violation of our funda- 
mental law ; therefore. 

Resolved, That the Book Committee be instructed to inquire into 
the expediency of restoring to the Conferences their share of the 
profits for the support of the superannuated preachers, and the 
widows and orphans of those who have died in the work. 

On motion of II. Ritchie, the following preamble 
and resolution were referred to the Committee on 
Revisals, namely: 

Whereas, The Discipline provides that ministers of other evan- 
gelical Churches may be recognized among us by taking upon them 
our ordination vows ; and, 

Whereas, In most other Churches a man may receive Elders' 
orders within six months after being licensed if he receives a call to 
a pastoral charge ; and 



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Wliereas, In the Methodist Episcopal Church a man is required to 
labor in the pastorate four years, receiving a previous ordination as 
a Deacon before he is eligible to Elders' orders ; therefore, 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be instructed to inquire 
whether some additional provision is not needed on this subject. 



May lt2. 

Tenth Day. 



Term of pas- 
toral service. 



Educational 
collection. 



CENTRAL OHIO CONFERENCE. Central Ohio. 

P. S. Donelson offered the following resolutions, 
and they were referred to the Committee on Revisals, 
namely: 

Resolved, 1. That the Committee on Revisals be instructed to in- 
quire into the propriety of amending ans. 3, ques. 3, chap, xiii, on 
page 88, by changing the word " six " to " seven," so as to read, 
"shall not continue a preacher more than three years in seven." 

Resolved, 2. That the Committee on Revisals be instructed to in- 
quire into the propriety of inserting in sec. 1 7, page 99 of the Dis- 
cipline a clause requiring the taking of an aiHiual collection for the 
cause of education. 

W. G. Williams offered the following resolution, 
and it was referred to the Committee on Revisals, 
namely : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be instructed to inquire 
why the Avording of the questions of the General Minutes differs 
from that prescribed in the Discipline, pp. 50-52, and report either 
by modification of the Discipline, or by resolution directing the 
Bishops and Editor of the General Minutes to adopt the form found 
in the Discipline. 

On motion of W. G. Williams, the following reso- 
lution was adopted, namely : 

Resolved, That the Bishops who have prepared memoranda on the Bishops and 
subject of Conference Boundaries be requested to meet the Commit- Boundaries, 
tee on that subject, and give such additional information and sug- 
gestions as they may desire to bring before the Committee. 

On motion of W. J. Wells, the following resolution 
was referred to the Committee on Revisals, namely : 



Questions of the 
General Min- 
utes. 



Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be instructed to inquire 
into the expediency of changing the answer to ques. 3, part 2, sec. 
14 of the Discipline, so as to read, " for any term not exceeding 
four years, after which he shall not be appointed to the same dis- 
trict for six years," or any other, except when an Annual Confer- 
ence shah by a vote order otherwise. 



Term of service 
for Presiding 
Elders. 



CINCINNATI CONFERENCE. 

On motion of J. M. Walden, the following resolu- 
tion was referred to the Committee on the Book Con- 
cern, namely: 



Cincinnati. 



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[186$. 



3Iay IS. 

Tenth Dat. 

Assistant Edi- 
tors. 



Amendment of 
the. second Re- 
strictive Rule. 



Resolved, That the Committee on the Book Concern be instructed 
to consider the expediency of makiDg the Assistant Editors of our 
papers and periodicals elective by the General Conference. 

On further motion of J. M. Walden, the following 
resolution was referred to the Committee on Revisals, 
namely : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be instructed to inquire 
into the expediency of proposing a change in the second Restrictive 
Rule of Discipline, Part II, chap, i, sec. 1, so as to accord to the 
members of all regularly constituted Mission Annual Conferences, 
Avherever located, the right of representation in the General Con- 
ference. 



On motion of William Young, the following resolu- 
tion was referred to the Committee on Revisals, 
namely : 



Reception of 
baptized chil- 
dren to Church 
membership. 



Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be instructed to con- 
sider the propriety of amending the third ans. of the third question 
on page 40 of the Discipline. The present answer is as follows, 
namely : " Whenever they shall have attained an age sufficient to 
understand the obligations of religion, and shall give evidence of a 
desire to flee from the wrath to come, and to be saved from their 
sins, their names may, with their consent, be enrolled on the list of 
probationers ; and if they shall continue to give evidence of a prin- 
ciple and habit of piety they may be admitted to full membership in 
our Church on the recommendation of a leader with whom they 
have met at least six months in class, by publicly assenting before 
the Church to the baptismal covenant, and also the usual questions 
on doctrine and discipline." 

The amended answer would read, "Whenever they shall have 
attained an age sufficient to understand the obligations of religion, 
and continue to give evidence of a principle and habit of piety, they 
may be admitted into full membership in our Church on the recom- 
mendation of a leader with whom they have met at least six months 
in class by publicly assenting before the Chiych to the baptismal 
covenant, and to the usual questions on doctrine and discipline." 

A. Lowry submitted the following plan for the intro- 
duction of Lay Delegation into the Annual and General 
Conferences, and it was referred to the Committee on 
Lay Representation. 

PLAN. 

Quest. Who shall compose the General Conference, and what are 
the regulations and powers belonging to it? 

Ans. The General Conference shall be composed of an equal 
number of Ministers and Laymen, who shall be elected by the An- 
nual Conferences. There shall be one member for every thirty 
members of each Annual Conference, to be appointed either by 
seniority or choice, at the discretion of such Annual Conference, yet 
so that such representatives shall have traveled at least four full 
calendar years from the time that they were received on trial by an 



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Annual Conference, and are in full connection at the time of hold*- May 13 . 
ing the Conference. Tenth Day. 

Also the following, which was referred to the same 
Committee : 

Quest. Who shall attend the Annual Conferences ? 

Ans. All the Traveling Preachers, both those who are in full con- 
nection, and those who are on trial, together with as many Lay Rep- 
resentatives as there are separate pastoral charges within the limits 
of the Conference. Such Delegates shall have a right to speak and 
vote on all questions coming before the Conference except those 
which may involve the trial of a Minister. Each shall be chosen 
by ballot by the Society of which he is a member at the time of the 
last quarterly meeting of each year, the Presiding Elder being in 
the chair. 

The Presiding Elder shall be the representative of the Charges 
and Ministers within his district jointly with the lay delegates, and 
the Bishop shall appoint a time during the session of each Confer- 
ence to hear and consider the joint representations. 

Soon after the opening of each Conference the Bishop presiding 
shall indicate the number of Presiding Elders needed for the ensu- 
ing year, whereupon the Conference shall elect by ballot the re- 
quired number. The Ministers thus chosen and appointed by the 
Bishop shall hold their representative office until their successors 
are appointed. No rights or privileges herein granted shall be 
construed to limit or interfere with the appointing power of the 
Bishop beyond the specific representation of the needs and wishes 
of the parties interested. The Societies and Conferences may in- 
struct their Representatives respectively, subject to this limitation 

In all charges containing more than one Society the election of 
Lay Representatives shall take place as follows : Each Society shall 
elect by ballot previous to the last quarterly meeting as many 
electors as there are classes in the Society, the Preacher in Charge 
being in the chair. Electors shall meet at the time and place of the 
last quarterly meeting for the charge on Saturday, and witli the 
Presiding Elder in the chair, or in his absence the Preacher in 
Charge, proceed to elect by ballot as many delegates to the Annual 
Conference as there are Pastors on that work. . 



DETROIT CONFERENCE. 

F. A. Blades submitted the following resolution, 
and it was referred to the Committee on Revisals, 
namely : 

Eesolved, That the Committee on Revisals be requested to add to 
the Disciplinary Committees in Quarterly Conference business one 
on Church Records, of which the Pastor shall be chairman. 

He also presented a plan for Lay Delegation, and 
it was referred to the Committee on Lay Representa- 
tion. 

EAST BALTIMORE CONFERENCE. 

On motion of B. H. Crever, the following preamble 
and resolution were adopted, namely : 



Detroit. 



East 
moee. 



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May \i2. 

Tenth Day. 
The Memorial 
Church at Get- 
tysburg. 



. Wfiereas, The East Baltimore Conference, recognizing the moral 
and religious elements that entered into the great national struggle, 
and in consideration of the life-sacrifice offered in behalf of our 
liberties, have in contemplation the erection at Gettysburg, Pa., of 
a Soldiers 1 Memorial Church, and have appointed an agent to pro- 
mote the success of this enterprise ; and 

Whereas, This subject has received the favorable consideration of 
the Philadelphia Conference, and the General Committee of the 
Church Extension Society, and many distinguished citizens in mil- 
itary and civil life ; and 

Whereas, It is eminently fit that among the historic monuments 
by which the Kepublic shall perpetuate the fame of her heroes one 
at least should be sacred to their religious faith and trust in God; 
and 

Whereas, The heroic and sainted dead of the Methodist Episcopal 
Church sleep in every battle-field of the Republic; therefore, 

Resolved, That the General Conference of the Methodist Episcopal 
Church, in Conference assembled, do cordially approve of this sacred 
and patriotic design, and commend it to the favor of our people and 
of all patriotic citizens. 



Reporting ac- 
cessions and 
removals. 

Lord's Prayer. 



Local Preach- 
ers from The- 
ological Insti- 
tutes. 

Quarterly Con- 
ference report. 



Local Preach • 
ers. 



J. H. C. Dosh presented the following resolutions, 
and they were severally and appropriately referred, 
namely : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be instructed to con- 
sider the expediency of reporting both accessions and removals in our 
Annual Statistics. 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be instructed to con- 
sider the expediency of conforming the Lord's Prayer as found in 
our Ritual to the language of Jesus as given in St. Matthew, 
vi, 9-13. 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be instructed to in- 
quire into the expediency of providing for the eligibility of Local 
Preachers, graduates of our Theological Institutes, to Deacons' 
Orders, by virtue of such graduation. 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be instructed to in- 
quire into the expediency of having the preacher in charge of a cir- 
cuit or station state, in his report to the Quarterly Conference, the 
number of pastoral visits made Itv himself and his colleague (if he 
has a colleague) during the previous quarter. 

Resolved, That the Committee on the Better Organization of our 
Local Preachers be instructed to inquire into the expediency of 
conferring upon Quarterly Conferences the power to suspend certain 
privileges of Local Deacons and Elders for inefficiency, or a refusal 
to accept regular and systematic employment on the Sabbath. 



Election 
Stewards. 



On motion of Joseph France, the following res- 
olution was referred to the Committee on Revisals, 
namely : 

of Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be requested to con- 
sider the propriety of changing the Discipline, chap, iii, page 108, 
so that in answer to question 2, " How are the Stewards to be 
appointed?" instead of saying, "The preacher having charge of 
the circuit shall have the right of nomination, but the Quarterby 
Conference shall confirm or reject such nomination the Stewards 
so appointed shall hold office for one year, but may be reappointed 



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in like manner from year to year: " it shall read, " They shall be 
elected annually at the fourth Quarterly Conference of the circuit 
or station, upon the nomination of the Preacher in Charge, or any 
member of the Quarterly Conference. The Stewards so appointed 
shall hold office for one Conference year, but may be reappointed 
in like manner from year to year. In case of failure to elect at the 
proper time a subsequent Quarterly Conference may elect." 



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May 13. 

Tenth Day. 



EAST GENESEE CONFERENCE. 



East Genesee. 



D. W. C. Huntington offered the following resolu- 
tion, and it was referred to the Committee on Revisals, 
namely : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be instructed to in- 
quire into the propriety of inserting in the Discipline, Part 
II, chap, ii, sec. 17, ques. 2, after answer 5 on page 100, 
which now reads, " and to inform them that without such cer- 
tificate they will not be received into the Church in other places," 
the following addition : "And all persons holding such certificates 
of membership shall be considered members of the Churches from 
which such certificates were received, until they become members 
elsewhere, or until their certificates become invalid." 



Certificates of 
Membership. 



D. W. C. Huntington also offered the following 
resolution, and it was adopted, namely : 

Resolved, That so much of Bishop Janes's address as refers to Local Preach 
Local Preachers in the British "VVesleyan Connection be referred to era in the Wes 
the consideration of the Committee on Revisals. nectic-n 



Con- 



On motion of K. P. Jervis, the following preamble 
and resolution were referred to the Committee on 
Revisals, namely: 

Whereas, The Articles of Religion in our Book of Discipline are 
only an abridgment of those of the Anglican Church, and do not 
distinctly set forth those views of Gospel truth which we, as a 
Church, have, always held and taught, therefore 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be instructed to inquire 
whether a concise statement of doctrines, as received and taught 
by the Methodist Episcopal Church, should not be introduced into 
the Book of Discipline. 



Articles of Re- 
ligion. 



On the further motion of K. P. Jervis, the following 
resolution was also referred to the same Committee, 
namely : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals is instructed to inquire Hymn Book, 
and report whether our standard collection of hymns might not be 
greatly improved by a thorough revisal. 



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May IS. 

Tenth Day. 



Dr. Butler's 
Lecture. 



On motion of K. P. Jei 
was adopted, namely: 



■vis, the following resolution 



Resolved, That Rev. William Butler, D. D., is hereby invited to 
deliver his lecture on the Sepoy Rebellion in India, in this church, 
next evening, and that the Committee on Public Worship 

are requested to make all needful arrangements. 



On motion of T. B. Hudson, the following resolution 
w r as referred to the Committee on Revisals, namely : 

Pastor's Re- . Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be recpiested to inquire 
P° n - into the expediency of so changing the twelfth answer to question 

1, sec. 17, page 97 of the Discipline, so as to read, "To make a 
written report at each Quarterly Conference and love-feast of the 
names of those who have been received into the Church, or excluded 
therefrom during the quarter ; also, the names of those who have 
been received or removed by certificate, and those who have died 
or have withdrawn from the Church ; also, the amount of pastoral 
labor bestowed." 



Bishop Thom- 
son's report. 



At this stage of the proceedings, on motion of R. 
C. Crawford, the order of the day for ten o'clock 
this morning was taken up, and Bishop Thomson gave 
an account of his visit to India and China. At the 
close of his address the following resolution was 
adopted, namely : 

Resolved, That this General Conference request Bishop Thom- 
son to publish his eloquent report, just delivered, in the Daily 
Advocate. 



Delegates from 
Mission Con- 
ferences ad- 
mitted. 



[For Report, see Appendix A, III.] 

The Committee on Credentials appointed this morn- 
ing cameiuto Conference, and George Peck, Chairman, 
presented the following report, namely : 

The Committee having examined the credentials of delegates, and 
so much of the journals of the Conferences as was deemed neces- 
sary, respectfully report that the credentials of John W. Talley of 
Alabama Conference, James Davis of Delaware Conference, John 
W. Yarborough of Georgia Conference, Thomas H. Pearne and 
William C. Daily of Holston Conference, John P. Newman of 
Mississippi Conference, T. Willard Lewis of South Carolina Con- 
ference, David Rutledge of Tennessee Conference, Joseph Welch of 
Texas Conference, John S. Mitchell of Virginia and North Carolina 
Conference, and Benjamin Brown, of Washington Conference, are 
entirely satisfactory, and such as entitle them to seats in this body. 



A motion having been made to adopt the report, 
W. P. Brown moved that the vote be now taken 



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without further debate, and the motion was sustained, May 1Q. 
one hundred and twenty-one voting in favor of it, and Tknth DAy " 
fifty-eight against it. 

On motion of S. V. Blake, it was ordered that the 
vote he taken by ayes and noes ; the roll was called, 
and the report was adopted by the following vote, 
namely : 

Ayes. — Akers, Allen, Armstrong of Black River, 
Armstrong of Cincinnati, Arnold, Baker, Bangs, Ban- 
nister, Barnhart, Barrows, Baume, Beale, Benson, 
Bingham, Blades, Blanchard, Bland, Bowen, Bowman, 
Brooks, Brown of Providence, Brown of Troy, Bruce 
of Black River, Brunson, Brush, Burdick, Butler, 
Carlton, Carrow, Cartwright, Caruthers, Chaffee, Clarke 
of Erie, Clark of New England, Clark of New Hamp- 
shire, Clarke of Wyoming, Cobb, Cocker, Cogshall, 
Colby, Cooper, Corrington, Corse, Crane, Crary, Craw- 
ford, Crever, Gumming, Curry, Daugherty, Davis, Day, 
De La Matyr, Dempsey, Dillon, Dobbins, Donelson, 
Dash, Dudgeon, Durbin, Dyer, Eaton of Southern 
Illinois, Eaton of Vermont, Eddy, Elliott, Endsley, 
Erwin, Ferguson, Fiegenbaum, Fisher, French, Fuller- 
ton, Giddings, Gillam. Godman, Goode, Goss, Gra- 
ham, Graves, Greer, Hall, Haney, Harris, Harrison, 
Hartshorn, Hascall, Haveu of Detroit, Haven of New 
England, Heisler, Helmershauseu, Hester, Hibbard, 
Hill, Hines, Hitchcock, Hobart, Holliday, Holmes of 
Iowa, Holmes of Upper Iowa, Hopkins, Hudson of 
East Genesee, Hudson of Pittsburgh, Hulburd, Hunt, 
Hunter, Huntington, Hurlburt, Ives, Jasper, Jervis, 
Jocelyn, Kendall, Kidder, Kiger, King, Krehbiel, Kuhl, 
Kynett, Lamont, Larew, Leaton, Lindsay, Locke, Lowe, 
Lowry, Luce, Lyda, MTntyre, Mahin, Maltby, Mar- 
tin (A.), Mather, Mead, Medsker, Meginnis, Merrill, 
Miller of Pittsburgh, Miller of Wisconsin, Mitchell of 
Des Moines, Mitchell of East Baltimore, Mitchell of 
Kansas, Moore, Morrell, Morrison, Mulfinger, Muuger, 
Nast, Nelson, Nesbit, Olin, Osbon, Owens, Paddock, 
Peate, Peck of Troy, Peck of Wyoming, Pershing, Pike, 
Pilsbury of New York East, Pillsbury of Wisconsin, 
Porter of Newark, Porter of Ohio, Power, Queal, 
Rawlins, Ray, Reddy, Reid of East Genesee, Reed of 



Ii2 Journal of the General Conference. [1868. 

May is. Northwest Indiana, Reed of Upper Iowa, Rhodes, 
Tenth Day. Richie, Robinson, Ross, Rothweiler, Rutledge, Schuler, 
Sherman, Shreck, Shumate, Smith of Northwest Indi- 
ana, Spahr, Spottswood, Steele, Stokes, Swahlen, Tal- 
bot, Taylor, Thayer, Torsey, Trimble, Vancleve, 
Vernon, Wakeley, Walden, Waring, Wells, Wheeler, 
Wiley, Williams, Wise, Wood, Woodruff, Wright, 
Young — 205. 

Noes. — Blake, Brown of New York, Bruce of Ken- 
tucky, Castle, Cunningham, Edwards, Ferris, Foster, 
France, Gray, Kennedy, Lanahan, M'Combs, Murphy, 
Pattison, Pease, Porter of New England, Slicer, Smith 
of Philadelphia— -19. 

Absent or not voting. — Fallows, Fuller, M'Clintock, 
Martin (G.), Phelps, Vansant, Wentworth — 7. 

The report was adopted, two hundred and five 
voting for it, and nineteen against it. 

Pending the foresroing call, on motion of L. Hitch- 
cock, the time of the session was extended. 

On motion, Conference adjourned. The Doxology 
was sung, after which the Benediction was pro- 
nounced by A. M. Osbon. 



M ay is. WEDNESDAY MORNING, MAY 13. 

Eleventh Day 

Conference met this morning, Bishop Kingsley in 
the chair. 

The religious services were conducted by Thomas 
H. Pearne, of the Holston Conference. 

The Journal of yesterday's session was read and 
approved. 
Kev. w. m. The Rev. William Morley Punshon, A. M., the del- 
Commtttee to egate of the British Wesleyan Conference, having 
arrived in this city, on motion Bishop Janes, and two 
members of this body to be selected by him, were ap- 
pointed a committee to introduce him to the General 
Conference, and the introduction and reception was 
made the order of the day for ten o'clock to-morrow 



introduce. 



Committee to 
introduce Dr. 



morning. 



On further motion, Bishop Simpson, and two mem- 
Kyerson. j^g f fljjg \, ^ to be selected by him, were ap- 



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pointed a committee to introduce the Rev. Dr. Ryer- 
son and his co-delegate ; and the introduction and 
reception were made the order of the day immediately 
after the reception of Mr. Punshon. 

The delegates admitted to membership in this body 
yesterday were assigned to standing committees, as 
follows : Benjamin Brown, James Davis, T. W. Lewis, 
J. S. Mitchell, J. P. Newman, David Rutledge, J. W. 
Talley, Joseph Welch, and John W. Yarborough. 
Each one being the sole representative of an Annual 
Conference, was appointed on all the standing com- 
mittees. T. H. Pearne, of the Holston Conference, 
was appointed on the Committees on Itinerancy, on 
the Book Concern, on Lay Representation, on the 
State of the Church, and on Church Extension ; and 
W. C. Daily, of the same Conference, was appointed 
to the Committees on Episcopacy, on Boundaries, on 
Education, on Revisals, on Sunday-Schools and Tracts, 
on Freedmen, and on the Court of Appeals. 

S. Meredith, a delegate from the Troy Conference, 
whose credentials were presented the first day of the 
session, was present this morning, and admitted to the 
seat hitherto occupied by C. F. Burdick, a reserve 
delegate of that Conference, and, on motion, he was 
assigned to the Committees in his place. 

D. Curry asked and obtained permission to change 
his vote on the adoption of the report of the Commit- 
tee on Credentials, presented yesterday. His name 
was then called, and he answered no, thus reducing 
the vote of yesterday to two hundred and four in the 
affirmative, and increasing it to twenty in the negative. 

The Secretary called the names of members who 
were absent yesterday morning when absentees from 
the vote of the preceding day were called, and they 
voted on the adoption of the third resolution of the 
series as follows : Fallows aye, Gillam aye, Kidder aye, 
Vansant aye, Wentworth of Genesee no, adding four 
votes in favor of the resolution and one against it; 
giving the final vote thus : for adoption two hundred 
and sixteen, against adoption fifteen. 

The Secretary then called the names of the members 
absent yesterday from the vote on the adoption of the 



May 13. 

Eleventh Day 



Delegates from 
Mission Con- 
ferences as- 
signed to Com- 
mittees. 



S. Meredith. 



Dr. Curry 
changes 
vote. 



his 



Absenteea'vote. 



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May 13. 

Eleventh Day 
Absentees'vote. 



In reference to 
Kevs. Pirritte, 
and Abbs of 
Canada. 



report of the Committee on Credentials, and they an- 
swered as follows : Fallows aye, Martin (G.) aye, 
Phelps aye, Vansant aye, "Wentworth of Genesee 
no ; adding five votes to the affirmative, and one to 
the negative, making the vote in favor of the report 
two hundred and nine, against it twenty-one, with 
John M'Clintock absent. 

The deputation from the Canada Methodist Episco- 
pal Church being about to return home, in a few fitting 
words took their leave of the Conference. 

John M. Reid then offered the following resolution, 
which was unanimously adopted by a rising vote, 
namely : • 

Resolved, That we have heard with much interest the communi- 
cation made to us by our brethren, Pirritte and Abbs, as representa- 
tives of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Canada, and have 
greatly enjoyed their brief stay with us. "We have witnessed with 
joy the success of the Church they represent in laboring for the up- 
building of the Master's kingdom. We commend our brethren at 
this parting to the care of the great Head of the Church, and invoke 
the blessing of God upon those whom they have so honorably 
represented. 



Invitation from 
Young Men's 
Christian As- 
sociation. 



A communication was received from the Secretary 
of the Chicago Historical Society inviting the members 
of the General Conference to visit, individually or 
otherwise, the library rooms of the Society between 
nine A. M. and five P. M. any day, and, on motion of 
D. Curry, the invitation was accepted, with the thanks 
of this body for the courtesy. 

A letter was received also from the librarian of the. 
Young Men's Christian Association tendering to the 
members of the General Conference the use of the 
library and reading-room of the association, when, on 
motion of D. Curry, the Secretary was instructed to 
convey to the librarian, and through him to the asso- 
ciation he represents, the thanks of this body for the 
privileges accorded. 
EeportofDepu- On motion of J. Rothweiler, the order of the day, 

tation to Evan- , , n « , , 

geiicai Associ- namely, the report of the deputation from the last 
General Conference to the Evangelical Association, 
was taken up, and W. Nast, Chairman of the depu- 
tation, made a report accordingly. 
[For Report see Appendix B, XXII.] 



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After the report was concluded, on motion of 
J. Rothweiler the following resolution was adopted, 
namely : 

Resolved, That the formal reception of the deputation of the Evan- 
gelical Association to this General Conference be made the order of 
the day for next Tuesday morning at half past ten o'clock. 



May 13. 

Eleventh Day 



Reception of 
delegates from 
the Evangeli- 
cal Associa- 
tion. 



On motion of J. M. Walden, J. Rothweiler was J. Eothweiier. 
added to the Special Committee on the Centenary. 
On motion of L. Hitchcock, it was 

Resolved, That the Rev. William Morley Punshon, delegate from Key. Mr. Pun- 
the Wesleyan Connection of England, be invited to preach before preach V 'before 
the Conference next Friday morning at half past ten o'clock ; and Conference, 
that if he accept this invitation, then the Committee on Public 
"Worship be and they are hereby requested to make suitable ar- 
rangements for the service. 

On motion, the rules were suspended that the call of 
Conferences for the presentation of miscellaneous busi- 
ness mi^ht be resumed. The roll of Conferences was 
then called, and matters were introduced and disposed 
of as follows : 



ERIE CONFERENCE. 



Erie. 



On motion of G. W. Maltby, the following resolu- 
tions were referred to the Committee on Revisals, 
namely : 

Resolved, 1. That the Committee on Revisals be requested to inquire 
into the propriety of amending - the Discipline as follows, namely: 
Page 53, chap, i, sec. 3, quest. 1, insert in eighth line of the answer, 
after the word "Conference." "All preachers appointed to our in- 
stitutions of learning, agents, editors, chaplains, and secretaries, 
shall be members of the Quarterly Conference where they reside." 
Amendment to read, " Quest. 1. Of whom shall the Quarterly Confer- 
ence be composed? Ans. Of all the traveling and local preachers, 
exhorters, stewards, class leaders, and trustees of the Church in the 
circuit or station, and the first male superintendent of our Sundaj"- 
schools, said trustees and superintendent being members of our 
Church, and approved by the Quarterly Conference. All preachers 
appointed to our institutions of learning, agents, editors, chaplains, 
and secretaries, shall be members of the Quarterly Conference where 
they reside." 

Resolved, 2. That the Committee on Revisals be requested to inquire 
into the propriety of making the following alteration in the Disci- 
pline, page 1 13, Part III, chap, i, sec. 2, quest. 2. " What shall be done 
in case of improper tempers, words, or actions? Ans. . . . (Insert 
after the words,) 'If he be not then cured,' page 114, first line, let 
the case be disposed of according to the answer of question one of 
this section until the ensuing Annual Conference, when he shall be 
tried," to read, as amended, "Quest. 2. What shall be done in 
cases of improper tempers, words, or actions ? Ans. The person so 

10 



Proposition to 
make agents, 
editors, secre- 
taries, etc., etc., 
members of 
the Quarterly 
Conference in 
win ise bounds 
they reside. 



Discipline alter- 
ed. Improper 
tempers, words, 
etc. 



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May 13. offending shall be reprehended by his senior in office. Should a 
Eleven™ Day second transgression take place, one, two, or three ministers or 
preachers are to be taken as witnesses. If he be not then cured 
let the case be disposed of according to the answer of question one 
of this section until the ensuing Annual Conference, when he shall 
be tried, and if found guilty and impenitent shall be expelled from 
the connection, and his name so returned in the Minutes of the 
Conference." 



Love-feast tick- 
ets. 



Bishops elected 
for four years. 



On motion of George W. Clarke, the following 
resolutions were referred : the first one to the Com- 
mittee on Revisals, and the second one to the Com- 
mittee on Episcopacy, namely : 

Resolved, 1. That the Committee on Revisals be instructed to inquire 
and report on the propriety of striking from the Discipline, ans. 2 
to quest. 1, page 96, "To renew the tickets for the admission of 
members into love-feast, quarterly." 

Resolved, 2. That the Committee on Episcopacy be and hereby are 
instructed to consider and as soon as practicable report on the pro- 
priety of hereafter electing our General Superintendents for a term 
of four years, their term of office to expire at the close of the next 
quadrennial session after their appointment, and the same persons 
to be eligible to re-election as long as in the judgment of the Gen- 
eral Conference their services are needed in that department of our 
common work ; and also that they consider whether some change 
in our ritual for the consecration of a Bishop is not necessary to 
make it more entirely conform to the true Methodistic doctrine of 
the Episcopacy. 



Genesjee. 



Amenability of 
Local Preach- 
ers. 



GENESEE CONFERENCE. 

On motion of J. B. Wentworth, the following reso- 
lution was referred to the Committee on Revisals, 
namely : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be hereby instructed 
to consider the expediency of amending that portion of the Disci- 
pline relating to the amenability of Local Preachers to Quarterly 
Conferences found on page 105, sec. 19, Part II, by striking out the 
last sentence thereof as being unnecessary, and inconsistent with 
the preceding portions of the paragraph. 



Illinois. 



Presiding Elder 
of an adjoining 
district to pre- 
side in certain 
trials. 



ILLINOIS CONFERENCE. 

On motion of James Leaton, the following resolu- 
tion was referred to the Committee on Revisals, 
namely : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be instructed to inquire 
into the expediency of so amending the Discipline, Part III, chap, i, 
sec. 2, ans. 1, page 112, as to insert the following immediately after 
the first complete sentence in the answer, "But if the accused be- 
lieve that a fair investigation cannot be had, the Bishop shall, on 
being so informed, appoint the Presiding Elder of an adjoining dis- 
trict to preside in the investigation." 



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Journal of the General Conference. 



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On further motion of James Leaton, the following 
resolution was adopted, namely : 

Resolved, That the Secretary be hereby instructed to procure as 
soon as practicable a suitable book for the standing committees who 
request it, in which shall be recorded the proceedings of said com- 
mittees, and that after the said proceedings shall have been recorded 
by the secretaries of the several committees the books shall be 
placed in charge of the Secretary of this body, and preserved by 
lrim lor use by the standing committees of future General Confer- 
ences, and that the Secretary be authorized to draw on the Agents 
of the Book Concern for the sum required to purchase said books. 

Peter Akers submitted the following resolution, and, 
on motion of D. Curry, it was referred to the Com- 
mittee on the State of the Country, namely: 

Wliereas, According to the form of our civil government, the rul- 
ing power is ordained of God in the hands of the people ; and 

Whereas, In the Twenty-third Article of Religion, page 26, we 
say, "The President, the Congress, the General Assemblies, the 
Governors, and the Councils of State, as the delegates of the people, 
are the rulers of the United States of America ; " and 

Whereas, The word of God says, Prov. xxix, 2, " When the 
righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked 
beareth rule, the people mourn; " therefore, 

Resolved, By the members of this General Conference, in General 
Conference assembled, that it is contrary to the will and word of 
God that any wicked person or persons should by the people be 
delegated to any ruling office in said civil government, and that we 
will, as ministers of Christ, and fellow-citizens with all the people, 
endeavor to teach and act according to the will of God in this matter. 

On motion of Peter Cartwright, the following reso- 
lution was referred to the Committee on Revisals, 
namely : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be instructed to inquire 
into the expediency of so further denning the duties of a Bishop, 
under question 3, sec. 17, Part II, page 86 of the Discipline, as to 
make it clearly within the limits of his prerogatives to appoint, in 
all cases of local and traveling preachers to be tried before a Pre- 
siding Elder according to the present form of Discipline, some other 
Elder in temporary charge to preside when the Presiding Elder 
may be in any wise personally interested in the case. 

J. H. Moo 1 . 3 presented an invitation from the Pre- 
siding Elder and Pastors at Springfield, Illinois, to the 
General Conference, to adjourn on Saturday next to 
meet the succeeding week in Springfield, and to con- 
tinue its sessions in that place for the week, and as 
much longer as it may be the pleasure of the Con- 
ference. 

On motion of D. Curry, a committee of three was 
ordered, whose duty it should be to convey to the 



May 13. 

Eleventh Day 



Record books 
for commit- 
tees. 



None but good 
men shonld be 
elected to of- 
fice. 



A Bishop may 
appoint what 
Presiding El- 
der sball try 
certain cases. 



Invitation to 
adjourn the 
Conference to 
Springfield. 



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May 13. brethren concerned the thanks of this body for the 
eleventh day proffere a hospitality, and then on behalf of the Con- 
ference to respectfully decline accepting the invitation. 



Indiana. 



INDIANA CONFERENCE. 



John Kiger submitted the following resolution, and 
it was referred to the Committee on Revisals, namely : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be instructed to inquire 
into the expediency of striking out the word "annually" in refer- 
ence to the election of trustees, Part IV, sec. 2, ans. 3, quest. 1, 
page 2G3. 

D. M'Intyre submitted a revised order for the trans- 
action of business in Quarterly Conference, and it was 
referred to the Committee on Revisals. 

B. F. Rawlins offered the following resolution, and 
it was referred to the Committee on Revisals, namely: 

Quarterly Con- Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be requested to insert 
ference Eec- the following question in the order of business for Quarterly Con- 
orcis - ferences, to be asked at every such Conference, "Have the minutes 

of the preceding Quarterly Conference been duly recorded?" 



Election of 
Trustees. 



Quarterly Con- 
ference busi- 



Iowa. IOWA CONFERENCE. 

E. IL Waring offered the following resolutions, and 
they were referred : the first, to the Committee on 
Revisals ; the second, by vote of the Conference, to the 
special Committee on Expenses of Delegates ; the third, 
to the Committee on the Better Organization of our 
Local Preachers, and the fourth, by vote of the Con- 
ference, to the Committee on the State of the Church, 
namely : 

Trial of a Trav- Resolved, 1. That the Committee on Revisals be instructed to in- 
eling Preacher, quire into the expediency of so amending the Discipline, in reference 
to the trial of a traveling preacher before a committee of the Annual 
Conference, as to add to the answer to question 5 of Part III, chap. 
i, sec. 2, page 116, the words, "And the minutes of the proceedings 
of the committee shall be carefully recorded by the Secretary of the 
Conference in a book to be provided for that purpose. 

Resolved, 2. That the resolution adopted by the last General Confer- 
ence respecting the method of raising the expenses of General Con- 
ference be referred to the Committee on that subject for such modi- 
fication as will be necessary to provide for raising the expenses of 
the next General Conference, and estimating the amount of the 
same. 

Resolved, 3. That the Committee on Local Preachers be and hereby 
are instructed to inquire into the scriptural authority and expedi- 
ency of the advancing of laymen to ministerial orders, and report to 



Expenses of 
General Con- 
ference. 



Orders of Local 
Preachers. 



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the General Conference, rind that so ranch of Bishop Janes's Address 
as refers to this subject be referred to said committee. 

Resolved, 4. That a special committee of seven members be ap- 
pointed to consider and report upon the question, whether any thing 
is required to be done by this General Conference to secure the 
union of the several Methodist bodies in the United States. 



May IS. 

Eleventh Day 

The Union of 
the Methodist 

Bodies of the 
United States. 



John H. Power offered the following resolution, 
which, on motion of B. N. Spahr, was laid on the 
table, namely : 

Resolved, That a committee of five be appointed, to be denomi- 
nated the Committee on Questions of Law. 

He also submitted the following preamble and reso- 
lution, and, at bis request, they were laid on the table 
for the present, namely : 

Whereas, The Constitution of the Methodist Episcopal Church 
provides expressly who shall compose the General and Annual 
Conferences, namely: "The General Conference shall be composed 
of one member for every thirty members of each Annual Confer- 
ence, to be appointed either by seniority or choice, at the discretion 
of such Annual Conference, yet so that such representatives shall 
have traveled at least four full calendar years from the time that 
they were received on trial by an Annual Conference, and are in 
full connection at the time of holding the Conference :" {Discipline, 
Part II, chap, i, sec. I, page 45:) also the Annual Conferences: 
" What method do we use in receiving a preacher at the Conference 
into full connection? After solemn fasting and prayer, every per- 
son proposed shall then be asked, before the Conference, the follow- 
ing questions, namely: (here follows the questions, which we 
omit:) then if he gives satisfaction after he has been employed 
two successive years in the regular itinerant work on circuits, in 
stations, or in our institutions of learning, which is to commence 
from his being received on trial at the Annual Conference, and be- 
ing approved by the Annual Conference, and examined by the 
President of the Conference, he may be received into full connection :" 
(Discipline, Part II, chap, ii, see. 2, pages 81, 8'2:) and 

Whereas, Any action of the General Conference on this .subject 
which overlooks or is in conflict with these provisions may seriously 
peril the peace and prosperity of the Church; therefore, 

Resolved, That to change the composition of the General or An- 
nual Conferences by constituting any other members thereof, besides 
itinerant ministers, necessarily requires a change of the constitu- 
tional provisions of the Church. 



Committee on 
Law Ques- 
tions. 



To admit any 
other thanmin- 
isters in the 
General or An- 
nual Confer- 
ences a change 
of the Constitu- 
tion required. 



KANSAS CONFERENCE. Kansas. 

On motion of D. P. Mitchell the following resolu- 
tion was referred to the Committee on the Book Con- 
cern, namely : 

Resolved, That the Committee on the Book Concern be instructed Changing the 
to take into consideration the propriety of changing the names of C u m ? s u ° f ~ s e 
the "Christian Advocate" to the "New York Christian Advocate," UrC papei 



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[1868. 



IVlay 13- the "Northern Christian Advocate" to the "Auburn Christian 
Eleventh Day Advocate," the "Western Christian Advocate" to the "Cincinnati 
Christian Advocate," and the "Northwestern Christian Advocate" 
to the " Chicago Christian Advocate." 



Kentucky. 



Boundaries. 



KENTUCKY CONFERENCE. 

On motion of John G. Bruce, the following resolu- 
tion was referred to the Committee on Boundaries, 
namely : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Boundaries be instructed to in- 
quire into the propriety of so changing the boundaries of the Ken- 
tucky Conference as to make them include the State of Kentucky. 



Mississippi. 



Depository in 
New Orleans. 



New Orleans 
Advocate. 



Work in 

South. 



the 



MISSISSIPPI CONFERENCE. 

J. P. Newman offered the following resolutions, the 
first and second of which were referred to the Com- 
mittee on the Book Concern, and the third was, by 
vote of the Conference, referred to the Committee on 
the State of the Church, namely: 

Resolved, 1. That the Committee on the Book Concern be instructed 
to inquire into the expediency of establishing a Depository in New 
Orleans. 

Resolved, 2. That the Committee on the Book Concern be instructed 
to inquire into the propriety of adopting the New Orleans Advocate 
as an official Journal. 

Resolved, 3. That a Committee of Seven be appointed on the con- 
dition and wants of our work in the South. 



Missoup.i AND 
Ap.ka»as. 



The Sabbath. 



MISSOURI AND ARKANSAS CONFERENCE. 

B. F. Crary offered the following resolution, and on, 
motion of F. A. Hester, it was referred to the Com- 
mittee on the State of the Church, namely : 

Resolved, That a special committee of five be appointed on the 
subject of the Observance of the Sabbath. 



Memorial from Bishop Clark presented a memorial from the Holston 
Conference of Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, 
Epi4<>i>ai ' ' which, on motion of T. II. Pearne, was referred to a 

Church, South. . , • , n 

special committee or seven. 

L. M. Vernon offered the following preamble and 
resolution, and they were referred to the Committee 
on Church Extension, namely: 

Embarrassed Whereas, In our Border and Southern Conferences there are vari- 

Churches in ous churches recently erected, which are so embarrassed financially 

that unless some temporary and immediate relief can be had they 



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must be sacrificed, and the Church thus suffer immense loss in 
property, and very probably membership ; therefore, 

Resolved, That the Committee on Church Extension be requested 
to consider I he propriety, on the part of the Church Extension 
Society, of providing at a very early day from fifty to one hundred 
thousand dollars, either by borrowing or otherwise, to be used for 
the next four years in loans without interest to dangerously -embar- 
rassed Churches, on the condition that all such loans shall be secured 
by mortgage on property insured for twice the value of the loan. 



May 13- 

Eleventh Day 



On motion of J. H. Hopkins, the following resolu- 
tion was referred to the Committee on the State of the 
Church, namely : 

Resolved, That the Committee on the State of the Church be in- Methodist Epis- 

structed to inquire into the relation existing between the Methodist copal Church 

Episcopal Church and the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, pro- o"istEpiscopai 

vided they find it expedient to do so. Church,South. 



NEWARK CONFERENCE. 



Newark. 



On motion of J. S. Porter, the following resolution 
was referred to the Committee on Revisals, namely : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be directed to inquire Leaders' Meet- 
into the expediency of transposing the provision of Discipline on lngS- 
page 97, which says, " The Leaders' Meeting may recommend 
proper persons for admission into full connection," to that portion of 
the book on page 37, so as to make it a part of the answer to the ques- 
tion, " How shall we prevent improper persons from insinuating 
themselves into the Church," so as to make the answer read, "Let 
none be received into the Church until they are recommended by 
the Leaders' Meeting, or, where there is no Leaders' Meeting, by a 
Leader," etc , as now in that answer. 



On motion of J. T. Crane, the following resolution 
was referred to the Committee on Revisals, namely: 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be instructed to inquire Delegates to the 
into the expediency of so amending the answers to question 6, General Con- 
sec. 2, Part II, page 52 of the Discipline : " Lj there any other 
business to be done in the Annual Conferences?" That the first 
answer shall be the following : " The electing of delegates to attend 
the General Conference ; but Mission Conferences in foreign terri- 
tory are required to elect their representatives from among the 
members of Conferences within the territory of the United States. 
Nevertheless, if any member of a Foreign Mission Conference is, for 
other and sufficient reasons, within or to be within the United 
States during the session of the General Conference, he is eligible 
as a delegate." 



ference from 
Foreign Mis- 
sion Confer- 
ences. 



NEW ENGLAND CONFERENCE. 

Gilbert Haven offered the following jjreamble and 
resolutions, namely: 



New England 



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IMay 13. 

Eleventh Day 



IJesolutions re- 
lating to Pray- 
er for the Sen- 
ate of the Uni- 
ted States. 



Whereas, The most solemn act to which the government of the 
United States, in its judicial capacity, has been called in all its his- 
tory is near its consummation ; and 

Whereas, The failure of the impeachment of the President will 
subject the greatest of our generals, and all under his authority, to 
the power of an infuriated Executive, who has opposed every law 
that has been made to heal the nation on the only true and perma- 
nent basis of equal rights to loyal men ; and 

Whereas, His release will also reanimate the dying embers of re- 
bellion throughout all the South, sacrifice the lives of many of our 
fellow-citizens, and thus cast all that region into terror, distress, and 
danger ; therefore, 

Resolved, 1. That the General Conference of the Methodist Epis- 
copal Church, now in session, solemnly and earnestly invokes upon 
the Senate of the United States the blessing of Almighty God, 
that they may be guided in the great responsibility now devolving 
upon them, that tyrannical usurpation maybe rebuked, the authority 
of the law may be maintained against the most dangerous hostility 
of au Executive who avows his irresponsibility to its obligation, and 
that the peace and safety of our fellow-citizens in all the South may 
be secured. 

Resolved, 2. That we hereby assign the hour of nine to ten o'clock 
on Friday morning next to be devoted to prayer to our God and 
Saviour, that he may endue our Senators with wisdom, and guide 
them in the duty they are soon to discharge, so that his righteous- 
ness and peace may, through them, in our beloved land spring forth 
before all nations. 



On motion, the time of the session was extended. 

After some discussion, TV. H. Goode moved to lay 
the preamble and resolutions on the table, and the 
motion prevailed. 

R. S. Foster then offered as his own a resolution, 
in the same words as the last one of those just laid 
upon the table, and moved its adoption. This motion 
was ruled out of order ; whereupon a motion was made 
by W. L. Harris to take from the table the first para- 
graph of the preamble, and the last resolution. 

J. Lanahan moved that the question be taken with- 
out debate. Francis A. Hester moved that Confer- 
ence do now adjourn, but the motion was lost. The 
motion for the previous question was sustained, and 
the motion to take up certain portions of the paper 
just laid on the table prevailed. 

R. S. Foster then offered the following substitute, 
namely : 

Wliereas, As a body of ministers, we have great confidence in 
the efficacy of prayer in behalf of our country at all times, and 
especially in time of peril and civil trouble ; therefore, 

Resolved, That we set apart one hour of the Friday morning's 
session, from eight to nine o'clock, for prayer for our country. 



1868.] Journal of the General Conference. 153 

On motion of J. S. Porter, a call for the previous May 13. 
question was sustained, and the substitute was accepted EleventhI)ay 
and adopted. 

On motion, it was determined that the Conference 
would not occupy this church to-morrow afternoon 
or evening ; so that the Trustees may be at liberty to 
allow its use for the Laymen's Convention. 

On motion, Conference adjourned. The benediction 
was pronounced by J. M. Trimble, of the Ohio Con- 
ference. 

THURSDAY MORNING, MAY 14. *i ay i 4 . 

Twelfth Day. 

Conference met this morning, Bishop Janes in the 
chair. 

The religious services were conducted by Luke 
Hitchcock, of the Rock River Conference. 

The Journal of yesterday's session was read and 
approved. 

R. H. Robinson announced that Erastus "Wentworth, e. Wentwortii 
of the Troy Conference, whose credentials were pre- seat. 
sented on the first day of the session, was now present, 
and he was admitted to a seat as a member of this 
body instead of J. E. King, a reserve delegate from 
the same Conference, who has been serving in his 
stead during his absence, and, on motion, he was as- 
signed to the committees in the place of J. E. King. 

Orrino-ton Lunt, Esq., of this city, on the behalf of Excursion to 

. _,. ."" -i -vt i -ri m -i si Clinton, Iowa. 

the Chicago and .North western Kauroad Company 
tendered an excursion to the delegates and official 
visitors to the General Conference, to Clinton, Iowa, 
and back, on Saturday next. 

On motion, the thanks of the Conference were tend- 
ered to the Company, and the invitation was ac- 
cepted. 

Bishop Clark announced the following special com- Special Com- 

* mittee. 

mittees : 

On the Memorial from the Holston Conference of 
the Methodist Episcopal Church, South : L. Hitch- 
cock, Joseph Castle, J. M. Reid, N. Shumate, G. W. 
Clarke, John Kiger, J. M. Walden. 

Bishop Clark, on behalf of the Committee on Ap- 
peals, presented the following resolution, namely : 



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May 1-4. 

Twelfth Dat. 

P.ules for Com- 
mittee on Ap- 
peals amended. 



Resolved, That the Rules of Order be so far amended as to admit 
of the following order's for the action of the Committee on Appeals, 
namely: 

1. That the Committee be divided into two sections in alphabetical 
order, all names from the letter A down to and including the letter 
H to constitute the first section, and the names below that in the 
alphabet to be included in the second section. 

2. That these two sections alternately, beginning with the first 
section, be charged with the appeal cases pending before the General 
Conference. 

3. That the quorum for the trial of an appeal be reduced from 
twenty-one to fifteen. 

4. That a Fourth Assistant Secretary of the General Conference 
be appointed. 



Special 
inittee. 



This resolution was adopted, and, on nomination of 
Henry Slicer, George B. Jocelyn was appointed Fourth 
Assistant Secretary of the General Conference. 
Com- Bishop Clark also announced the following Special 
Committee on the Invitation to adjourn to Springfield, 
namely : D. Curry, E. O. Haven, H. Bannister. 
Eeport No. i. On motion of A. J. Kynett, the rules were sus- 

churchEsten- pended to permit the presentation of a report from 
the Committee on Church Extension. J. M. Reicl, 
Chairman of that Committee, then submitted Report 
No. I, being an amended Constitution of the Church 
Extension Society. It was laid on the table, and or- 
dered to be printed. 
Conferences The roll of Conferences was called for the presenta- 

tion of miscellaneous business, and it was introduced 
and disposed of as follows, namely : 



NewEngland. NEW ENGLAND CONFERENCE. 

L. R. Thayer offered the following resolutions, and 
they were referred, the first one to the Committee on 
the Book Concern, and the second one to the Com- 
mittee on Missions, namely : 



Depository in 
Boston. 



Resolved, 1. That the Committee on the Book Concern be in- 
structed to consider the propriety of better accommodations and 
greater facilities being furnished for the greatly increased business 
of our Book Depository in Boston, and what means are necessary 
to secure such accommodations. 
Missionary Sec- Resolved, 2. That the Committee on Missions be instructed to in- 
retary for New quire into the expediency of providing that an Assistant Missionary 
Secretary shall reside within the limits of the New England Confer- 
ences, and devote his attention and work especially to promote the 
interests of the cause of missions in those Conferences. 



England. 



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D. Sherman offered the following resolutions, and 
they were referred to the Committee on Revisals, 
namely : 

Resolved, 1. That the Committee on Revisals be requested to con- 
sider the propriety of adding a form in the Ritual for the organiza- 
tion of a new society or local Church. 

Resolved, 2. That the Committee on Revisals be requested to 
consider the propriety of so amending the Discipline relating to the 
appointment of Stewards that in charges where none exist the soci- 
ety shall have authority to elect. The amended section would read 
thus: " Page 108, ans. 1. In societies where no Stewards exist they 
shall be chosen by ballot by the members of the Church at a meet- 
ing appointed for the purpose, in which the Presiding Elder of the 
district shall preside. 2. In all other cases the Preacher having 
charge," etc. 

Whereas, 3. The Bishops' address and the section in the Disci- 
pline on the origin of the Methodist Episcopal Church treat on the 
same general subject ; therefore, 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be instructed to con- 
sider the propriety of inserting the section on the origin of the 
Church in the Bishops' Address after the words "Eastern States," 
page 5, provided the Bishops approve the change. 



May 14. 

Twelfth Day. 



Election of 
Stewards. 



Origin of the M. 
E. Church in 
the Bishops' 
Address. 



William Butler offered the following preamble and 
resolution, and, on motion of Henry Slicer, they were 
referred to the Committee on the Itinerancy, namely : 

Whereas, This General Conference has removed the restrictions 
under which some of the Home Annual Conferences of our Church 
were laboring, and has granted them representation in this General 
Conference ; and 

Whereas, It is the decided and growing conviction of our minis- 
try and membership that the prayers and unity of our work in for- 
eign lands, the harmony and prosperity of the missions, and also 
the confidence of our beloved and faithful missionaries in the impar- 
tiality and fostering care of the General Conference, all point to the 
necessity of recognizing that the time has now fully come when our 
Foreign Mission Annual Conferences should realize, without dis- 
tinction, equality of rights with the home Conferences under the 
law and constitution of our Church ; therefore, 

Be it resolved by this General Conference, That the Mission An- 
nual Conferences in India, Africa, Germany, and Switzerland be 
and they hereby are released from their present restrictions, and 
are .endowed with all the rights, powers, and privileges of other 
Annual Conferences of the Methodist Episcopal Church. 



Eemoving re- 
strictions from 
Mission Con- 
ferences in for- 
eign lands. 



Gilbert Haven presented the following preamble 
and resolutions, and they were referred to the Com- 
mittee on the State of the Country, namely : 

Whereas, The most important act to which the Government of Prayer for the 

the United States, in its judicial capacity, has been called in all its Government, 
, ■ , • ., i* j.i /• „ especially tor 

history is near its consummation ; therefore, Senators' 

Resolved, That the General Conference of the Methodist Episco- 
pal Church, now in session, solemnly and earnestly invokes upon 



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!M»y 1-4. the Senators of the United States the blessing of Almighty God 
Twelfth Day. t ' lat ^ej mav '' e guided aright in the great responsibility now 
devolving upon them. 

Resolved, That we hereby devote the hour from eight to nine 
o'clock to-morrow morning to prayer to our God and Saviour that 
he may imbue our Senators with firmness and wisdom, and so 
direct them in the duty which they are about to discharge that his 
righteousness and peace may spring forth before all nations. 

G. Haven then moved that the Committee have leave 
to retire, but the motion was laid on the table, one 
hundred and twenty-seven voting in the affirmative. 



NewJeesey. NEW JERSEY CONFERENCE. 

On motion of J. B. Dobbins, the following resolution 
was referred to the Committee on Kevisals : 



Pastor chair- 
man of the 
Tract Com- 
mittee. 



Reception of 
delegates from 
abroad. 



British Confer- 
ence. 



Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be instructed to con- 
sider the expediency of so changing the Constitution of the Com- 
mittee on Tracts, appointed by our Quarterly Conferences, Discipline, 
Part V, section 4, paragraph 3, page 235, as to make the Pastor 
ex-offi.no chairman. 

The hour of ten o'clock having come, the usual 
business of Conference was suspended, the order of 
the day was taken up, and Bishop Morris took the 
chair. 

On motion of R. H. Pattison, the time of the session 
was extended. 

At this stage of the proceedings the Rev. William 
Moeley Punshon, A.M., delegate from the British 
Wesleyan Conference ; the Rev. Edgeetox Ryersox, 
D.D., LL.Bv, delegate from the Conference of the 
Wesleyan Methodist Church in Canada; and the Rev. 
Matthew Richey, D.D., delegate from the Conference 
of the Wesleyan Methodist Church of Eastern British 
America, came upon the platform accompanied by the 
respective Committees appointed to introduce them. 
The credentials accrediting them severally to this 
bodv were then read, after which they were introduced 
to the Conference by the President. 

The Address of the British Conference of 1865 
having been read by the Secretary, the Rev. Mr. 
Punshon delivered a speech of great beauty and power. 
At its close the Rev. Thomas Bowman, D.D., moved 
the following resolution, namely : 



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Resolved, That the thanks of this General Conference are due and IM»y 14. 

' are hereby tendered to Rev. William Morley Punshon. A.M., the Twelfth Day. 

honored delegate of the Wesleyan Body in England, for the very Thanks to Mr. 
able and eloquent address to which we have just listened with so Punshon. 
much pleasure. 

This resolution was unanimously adopted by a rising 
vote of the Conference, the vast congregation joining 
therein. [For Address and Speech, see Appendix 
B, II, III.] 

At the request of Bishop Morris, Bishop Janes re- 
sumed the chair. 

The Address of the Conferen.ee of the Wesleyan Canada Confer- 
Methodist Church in Canada was read. The Rev. Dr. 
Ryerson then addressed the Conference in a lucid and 
able statement of the condition and prospects of 
Canadian Methodism. 

The Rev. Daniel Curry, D.D., moved the following 
resolution, and it was unanimously adopted by a rising 
vote, namely : 

Resolved, That we do hereby tender our thanks to Rev. Edgerton Thanks to Dr. 
Ryerson, D.D., LL.D., a delegate from the Conference of the Eyerson. 
TT esleyan Church in Canada, for his very interesting and deeply 
instructive address. 

[For Address and Speech, see Appendix B, IX, X.] 

The Address of the Conference of the Wesleyan Meth- Conference of 

odist Church of Eastern British America was read, after ish America. 

which the Rev. Matthew Richey, D.D., made a very 

interesting and instructive address to the Conference. 
The Rev. D. P. Kidder, D.D., then moved the 

following resolution, and it was unanimously adopted 

by a rising vote of the Conference, namely : 

Resolved, That we do hereby tender to our brother, Rev. Matthew Thanks to Dr. 
Richey, D.D., delegate of the Conference of the VTesleyan Methodist Eichey. 
Church of Eastern British America, our warmest thanks for his 
interesting address. 

[For Address and Speech, see Appendix B, XIII, 
XIV.] 

The Secretary then read the Address of the Irish 
Weslevau Conference. [For Address, see Appendix 
B, V1L] 

At the close of these services the business of Con- 
ference was resumed ; and Bishop Simpson, with the 



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iNXay 14. concurrence of other Bishops, read the following paper 
welfth ay. ^ ^ e cons i ( ] erat j on f t } ie Conference : 

A season of Whereas, There is now pending in the Senate of the United 
prayer for to- States the most important question which has ever engaged its 
morrow. attention; and 

Whereas, The evidence and pleadings in this case have been 
fully spread before the people so that all may form an enlightened 
opinion ; and 

Whereas, TTe are deeply impressed that upon its rightful decision 
will largely depend the safety and prosperity of our nation, as well 
as the religious privileges of our ministers and members in many 
parts of the South ; and 

Whereas, Painful rumors are in circulation, that, partly by un- 
worthy jealousies, and partly by corrupt influences, pecuniary and 
otherwise, most actively employed, efforts are being made to influ- 
ence Senators improperly, and to prevent them from performing 
their high duty ; therefore 

Resolved, That we hereby appoint an hour of prayer, from nine to 
ten o'clock. A. M., to-morrow, to invoke humbly and earnestly the 
mercy of God upon our nation, and to beseech him to save our 
senators from error, and to so influence them that their decision 
shall be in truth and righteousness, and shall increase the security 
and prosperity of our beloved Union. 

After the paper was read, on motion of F. A. Blades, 
the vote adopting the substitute of R. S. Foster y ester- 
day was reconsidered, and the substitute was laid on 
the table, when, on further motion of F. A. Blades, the 
preamble and resolution were unanimously adopted. 

On motion Conference adjourned. After the Dox- 
ology had been sung, the Benediction was pronounced 
by Paul R. Brown of the New York Conference. 



]\lay 15. 

Thirteenth 

Day. 

Morning. 



Day of prayer. 



Afternoon ses- 
sion ordered, 



FRIDAY MORNING, MAY 15. 

Conference met this morning, Bishop Scott in the chair. 

The usual religious services were conducted by "W. 
Reddv, of the Oneida Conference. 

In pursuance of the order taken yesterday, the re- 
ligious services, consisting of singing and prayer, were 
continued, the following brethren leading the devo- 
tions of the Conference in prayer : R. H. Pattison, T. 
H. Pearne, and Henry Slicer. 

The hour for the special service having expired, the 
Journal of yesterday was read and approved. 

On motion of J. S. Porter, it was agreed that when 
Conference adjourn it adjourn to meet this afternoon 
at half past two o'clock. 



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On motion of D. Carry, the time of the session was May 15. 

-, , Thirteenth 

extended. Day. 

The order for the day at half past ten o'clock was Morttim 
taken up, and the preliminary services were conducted 
by T. Bowman, of the North Indiana Conference. 

He announced the eleventh hymn, and after it was 
sung he led the devotions of the congregation in 
prayer. He then read a Scripture lesson from the first 
chapter of second Timothy, and announced the two 
hundred and thirty-seventh hymn, which was sung by 
the congregation. 

The Rev. Mr. Punshon, deles-ale from the British Sermon by Rev. 

~ „ ,,./., -i Wm - Morley 

Conference, announced as his text tor the occasion the Punshon, a.m. 
seventh verse of the first chapter of second Timothy : 
" For we have not received the spirit of fear, but of 
power, and of love, and of a sound mind ;" from which 
he preached a sermon of rare interest and power on 
the courage, the gentleness, and the wisdom of Chris- 
tianity. At the close of this most truly evangelical 
sermon the vast congregation joined in singing the 
four hundred and seventy-fourth hymn, " Arise, my 
soul, arise," etc., after which the Rev. Dr. Ryerson 
offered prayer. [For Sermon, see Appendix B, IV.] 

The Doxology was sung, and Conference closed 
w T ith the Benediction by Bishop Morris. 



FRIDAY AFTERNOON, MAY 15. ^™ ■ 

Conference met pursuant to adjournment, Bishop 
Ames in the chair. 

The religious services were conducted by J. M. 
Trimble, of the Ohio Conference. 

The Journal of this morning's session was read and 
approved. 

On motion of A. M. Osbon, the call of Conferences Miscellaneous 

j, , , . n . Business. 

for the introduction of miscellaneous business was re- 
sumed, and matters were presented and disposed of 
as follows, namely : 

NEW YORK CONFERENCE. NewYobk. 

On motion of A. M. Osbon, the following resolution 
was referred to the Committee on Revisals, namely : 



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UMay IS. Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be instructed to insert 

Thirteenth in the chapter on Appeals the following order, and to conform the 

Day - language of the Discipline to the same: "Provided always, that if a 

Afternoon. preacher or a member of the Church shall willfully absent himself 

On losing the from trial after proper citation, or if he shall continue to practice the 

right of Appeal, crime or irregularity for which he shall have been convicted, in 

either of the above cases he shall not exercise the right of appeal." 



President of a 
Quarterly- 
Conference. 



On motion of A. H. Ferguson, the following resolu- 
tion was referred to the Committee on Revisals : 

R solved. That the Committee on Revisals be requested to take 
into consideration the propriety of so chauging the Discipline that 
a Presiding Elder may have the right to appoint any member of the 
Conference on the District to preside in the Quarterly Conference in 
his absence. 



On motion of N. Mead, the following preamble and 
resolution were referred to the Committee on Revisals, 
namely : 

Stewards to Whereas, An inconvenience has frequently arisen from a change 
hold till Con- f t | ie Board of Stewards prior to the close of the financial year; 
therefore, 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be instructed to inquire 
into the expediency of altering the Discipline, Part II, chapter iii, 
page 108, answer to question 2, by striking out the words "for 
one," and inserting '■'■till the close of the ensuing Conference," so as to 
make it read, "The Stewards so appointed shall hold office till the 
close of the ensuing Conference year." 



ference 
closes. 



year 



Noeth Indi- 
ana. 



Proposed new 
Eitual for sol- 
emnizing Mat- 
rimony. 



NORTH INDIANA CONFERENCE. 

William H. Goode reported back two papers, which 
had been referred to the Committee on Missions : one 
on the Evangelization of the Chinese on the Pacific 
Coast, which was referred to the Board of Mauagers 
of the Missionary Society at New York ; and the other 
from the South District of the Mission Conference of 
Germany and Switzerland, which was laid on the 
table. 

On motion of M. Mahin, the following resolution 
was referred to the Committee on Revisals : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be instructed to in- 
quire into the expediency of so amending the Discipline, Part IV, 
chapter iv, that it shall read as follows : 

At the day and time appointed for solemnization of matrimony, the 
persons to be married — having been qualified according to lato — 
standing together, the man on the right hand, and the ivoman on the 
left, the minister shall say : 

Dearly Beloved, we are gathered together here, in the presence 
of God, to join together this man and this woman in holy matri- 



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mony. If any can show just cause why they may not lawfully be May 15. 
so joined, let him now speak, or else hereafter forever hold his Thirteenth 
peace. Day. 

Afternoon. 

If no impediment be alleged, then shall the minister say unto the man : 

21., Wilt thou have this woman to be thy wedded wife, to live 
together after God's ordinance in the holy estate of matrimony? 
Wilt thou love her, comfort, houor, and keep her, in sickness and 
in health, and, forsaking all other, be to her a true and faithful hus- 
band, so long as ye both shall live ? 

The man shall answer: I will. 

Then shalt the minister say unto the woman . 

Ni, Wilt thou have this man to be thy wedded husband, to live 
together after G-od's ordinance in the holy estate of matrimony? 
Wilt thou love, honor, and keep him, in sickness and in health, 
and, forsaking all other, be to him a true and faithful wife, so long 
as ye both shall live ? 

The woman shall ansvjer : I will. 

If the piarties desire it, the minister shall here hand to the man a ring, 
previously placed in his hands for that purpose, and direct hiiji to 
place it on the third finger of the woman's left hand, and the man 
shall say to the woman, repeating after the minister: 

With this ring I thee wed, and with my worldly goods I thee 
endow, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy 
Ghost. Amen. 

Then shall the minister join tlieir right hands together, and say : 

Forasmuch as M. and N. have consented together in holy wed- 
lock, and have witnessed the same before God and this company, 
and thereto have pledged their faith to each other, I pronounce 
that they are husband and wife together, in the name of the Father, 
and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Those whom God hath 
joined together, let no man put asunder. Amen. 

The minister shall then add tins blessing : 

God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, bless, preserve, 
and keep you ; the Lord mercifully with his favor look upon you, 
and so fill you with all benediction and grace, that ye may so live 
together in this life, that in the world to come ye may have life 
everlasting. Amen. 

Then shall the minister offer the following prayer : 

eternal God, Creator and Preserver of all mankind, Giver of all 
spiritual grace, the Author of everlasting life ; send thy blessing 
upon this man and this woman, whom we bless in thy name. May 
they be so endued with heavenly wisdom and grace that they may 
surely and faithfully perform aud keep the vow and covenant be- 
tween them made, and may ever remain in perfect love and peace 
together, and live in all things according to thy will. Pour upon 
them the riches of thy grace, sanctify and bless them, that they 
may please Thee both in body and soul and finally come to thy 
everlasting kingdom, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 



The minister may conclude vjith extempore prayer. 

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May 15. 

Thirteenth 

Day. 
Afternoon. 
North Ohio. 



Wallace College 
and the Cente- 
nary. 



Sunday-school 
Superintendent 
to be elected 
by the Society. 



NORTH OHIO CONFERENCE. 

On motion of A. Wheeler, the following resolutions 
were referred to the Special Committee on the Cente- 
nary : 

Whereas, A preparatory course of education and training are 
essential to the success of the missionary in whatever field of labor 
he may select ; and 

Whereas, This is especially true of our German missionaries ; 
therefore, 

Resolved, 1. That the Centenary Committee are hereby instructed to 
consider the propriety of making a grant from the Centenary Edu- 
cational Fund to aid in founding a theological chair in the German 
"Wallace College, located at Berea, Ohio. 

Resolved, 2. That we commend to the Church at large this object 
as worthy of their liberal aid. 

On motion of C. H. Owens, the following resolution 
was referred to the Committee on Sunday-Schools and 
Tracts : 

Resolved, That the Sunday-School Committee be instructed to in- 
quire into the propriety of changing article 4 in the blank form of the 
Constitution for Auxiliary Sunday-School Societies, on page 309 of 
the Discipline, so as to read, "Teachers shall be nominated by the 
Superintendent, and elected by the Society." 



Also, on his motion, the following resolution was 
referred to the Committee on Revisals : 

Meaning of the Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be instructed to define 
word " com- by resolution (to be inserted in the Appendix to the Discipline) 
plaints." what is included in the answer to "Question 1: Are there any 

Complaints?" on page 56 of the Discipline. 



Noethwesteen 
Gebman. 



German Book 
Agent. 



NORTHWESTERN GERMAN CONFERENCE. 

On motion of George L. Mulfinger, the following 
resolution was referred to the Committee on the Book 
Concern : 

Resolved, That the Committee on the Book Concern be re- 
quested to inquire into the expediency of so arranging the Disci- 
pline as to elect for the Western Book Concern one principal agent 
and two assistants, whereof one shall be a German. 



Northwest 
Indiana. 



NORTHWEST INDIANA CONFERENCE. 

J. C. Reed proposed the following question, and 
it was referred to the Committee on Episcopacy, 
namely : 



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"When a copy of charges against a member of an Annual Confer- 
ence has been sent to him, and the charges put in the hands of the 
presiding Bishop of said Conference to be presented to the Confer- 
ence, has the Bishop the poiver or right at his discretion to suppress or 
withhold them from the Conference? 



May 15, 

Thirteenth 

Day. 
Afternoon. 



OHIO CONFERENCE. 



Ohio. 



On motion of B. N". Spahr, the following resolution 
was referred to the Committee on the Book Concern, 
namely : 

Resolved, That the Committee on the Book Concern be requested Amount for cor- 
to inquire into the expediencj'- of so amending Part V, sec. 5, item respondence 
18, page 246, as to add to that item as follows: The amounts to engraving, 

be appropriated for correspondence and engraving for the above- 
named Concerns shall also be fixed by their respective committees. 

He also presented the Report of the Book Commit- 
tee of the Western Book Concern, and it was referred 
to the Committee on the Book Concern. [For Report, 
see Appendix C, IV.] 



ONEIDA CONFERENCE. 



Oneida. 



On motion of A. S. Graves, the following resolution 
was referred to the Committee on Revisals, namely : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals is instructed, in addi- Ritual to be es- 
tion to the points already referred to its attention, to carefully re- aminec] - 
view the whole of our Rituals, and report whether any changes are 
desirable. 

OREGON CONFERENCE. Oregon. 

On motion of G. Plines, the following resolution was 

referred to the Committee on the Book Concern, 

namely : 

Resolved, As the sense of the delegates of the Pacific Conference, Book Agency 
that the time has come for the establishment of a Book Agency at at , 8an *" r * n " 
San Francisco, which shall be under the control of an agent and a 
Book Committee of seven, elected by the General Conference. 

On motion of H. C. Benson, the following resolution 
was referred to the Committee on Revisals, namely : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be instructed to con- 
sider the propriety of amending a portion of the second question 
asked of adult candidates for baptism by striking out the words 
'■ Holy Catholic Church," in line second, page 142, of the Discipline, 
and inserting in their place " the one universal Church of Christ " 
The amended question will then read : " And dost thou believe in 
the Holy Ghost, the one universal Church of Christ, the communion 
of saints, the omission of sins, the resurrection of the body, and 
everlasting life after death ? " 



"Holy Catholic 
Church. - ' 



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May 15. 

Thirteenth 

Day. 
Afternoon. 

Philadelphia. 



Presiding El- 
der's term of 
service. 



PHILADELPHIA CONFERENCE. 

On motion of R. H. Pattison, the following resolu- 
tion was referred to the Committee on Revisals, 
namely : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be instructed to inquire 
into the propriety of amending the answer to Part II, quest. 3, see. 
14, by striking out the word "four," and inserting "six;" and by 
striking out the words ' : the same" and inserting the word "any." 
so that it will read : " Ans. For any term not exceeding six years, 
after which he shall not be appointed to any district for six years." 



Semi-centennial 
of the Mission- 
ary Society. 



Pittsburgh. PITTSBURGH CONFERENCE. 

On motion of S. H. Nesbit, the following resolution 
was referred to the Committee on Missions, namely : 

Resolved, That we instruct the Committee on Missions to inquire 
into the expediency of making arrangements to properly celebrate 
in 1869 the fiftieth year of our Missionary Society, and also to call 
upon the Church in that year to express devout thanksgiving to 
Almighty God for the great prosperity that crowned our Centenary 
year. 

On motion of I. C. Pershing, the following preamble 
and resolution were referred to the Committee on the 
Book Concern, namely : 

German Book Whereas, There is at the present time a German population 
Agent. numbering several millions in the United States ; and whereas, the 

number is augmenting annually by the addition of hundreds of 
thousands of immigrants ; and whereas, it is of the utmost import- 
ance in order to the evangelization of this immense multitude, the 
larger part of whom are Rationalists or Roman Catholics, that they 
be furnished with a wholesome literature ; and whereas, the Meth- 
odist Episcopal Church has superior facilities for the importation, 
publication, and sale of German books,' and may thereby not only 
accomplish great good, but also add to the revenues of the Book 
Concern ; therefore, 

Resolved, That the Committee on the Book Concern be and are 
hereby requested to inquire into the expediency of the election by 
this General Conference of a competent person, whose official rela- 
tion to the Book Concern shall be fixed by this body, whose duty it 
shall be to give special attention to the importation and publication 
of books for the German speaking population of the country. 



Providence. PROVIDENCE CONFERENCE. 

James Mather offered the following resolution, 
and it was referred to the Committee on the Book 
Concern, namely : 



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Resolved, That the Committee on the Book Concern be requested 
to inquire into the expediency of recommending to the Book Agents 
the publication of a brief supplement to the Hymn Book, consisting 
of hymns suitable for special occasions, of a reformatory and mis- 
cellaneous character. 



May 15. 

Thirteenth 

Day. 
Afternoon. 

Supplement to 

the Hymn 

Book. 

EOCK ElYEK. 



ROCK RIVER CONFERENCE. 

On motion of L. Hitchcock, the following resolution 
was referred to the Committee on the Book Concern, 
namely: 

Resolved, That the Committee on the Book Concern be and Charter of the 
hereby are directed to give attention to the necessity of action on the ^^ern B ° 0k 
part of this Conference with reference to the charter of the Western 
Book Concern. 

T. M. Eddy presented a paper on Secret Societies, Secret Societies. 
and it was referred to the Committee on the State of 
the Church. The said paper was sent to this Confer- 
ence from a national commission of Christians opposed 
to secret societies. 



SOUTH CAROLINA COXFEREXCE. 

T. W. Lewis offered the following resolutions, both 
of which were referred to the Committee on the Book 
Concern, nameiy: 

Resolved, 1. That the Committee on the Book Concern be instructed 
to inquire into the expediency of adopting the " Charleston Advo- 
cate," published in Charleston, South Carolina, as a Conference paper. 

Resolved, 2. That the Committee on the Book Concern inquire into 
the expediency of establishing a Branch Book Depository in Charles- 
ton. South Carolina. 



South Caro- 
lina. 



Charleston Ad" 

vocate. 

Book Deposito- 
ry in Charles- 
ton. 



SorjTHEEX 
LINOIS. 



IL- 



SOUTHERX ILLINOIS COXFEREXCE. 

On motion of J. "W. Lowe, the following resolution 
was referred to the Committee on Revisals, namely : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be instructed to inquire Texts of Scrip- 
into the propriety of introducing into our Book of Discipline texts cinHtie S " 

of Scripture, in proof of the doctrine contained in each Article of 
Religion. 



TROY COXFEREXCE. Trot. 

On motion of R. H. Robinson, the following resolu- 
tion was referred to the Committee on Revisals, namely : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be requested to con- 
sider the propriety of defining in our Book of Discipline whether or 



Is Baptism a 
prerequisite to 
receiving the 
LoriVs Supper? 



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May 15. not baptism is considered a prerequisite for those who present them- 
Tmr.TEE>-TH selves to receive the sacrament of the Lord's supper. 
Day. 

Afternoon. j j£ Bowen offered the following resolution, and it 
was referred to the Committee on Revisals, namely : 



Expenses 
Delegates. 



of Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be requested to inquire 
into the propriety of inserting in the chapter on " The General Con- 
ference," the following question and answer : 

Quest. How shall the expenses of the delegates to the General 
Conference be paid ? 

Ans. A quadrennial collection shall be taken in all our circuits 
and stations previously to the session of the General Conference, 
and the sums so collected shall be sent to General Conference and 
applied to the object herein contemplated ; and should there then 
be a deficiency, such deficiency shall be met by a draft on the Book 
Concern. 



Uppee Iowa. 



Superannuated 
Preachers' 
claims. 



Claimants on 
Conference 
Funds. 



UPPER IOWA CONFERENCE. 

On motion of Henry "W. Reed, the following pre- 
amble and resolution were referred to the Committee 
on Itinerancy, namely : 

WJiereas, There often arises a conflict in an Annual Conference 
between the legal and moral claims of superannuated Preachers and 
mode of settlement ; therefore, 

Resolved. 1. That this Conference do inquire into the expediency 
of requiring the Stewards of an Annual Conference to settle all 
claims of superannuated Preachers, according to the time such 
claimants may have traveled in said conference. 

Resolved, 2. That a minister transferred to another Conference 
shall not become a claimant on the funds of said Conference until he 

has been a member of the same years, but his claims shall 

be held in the Conference from which he has been transferred. 



Vermont. VERMONT CONFERENCE. 

On motion of P. P. Ray, the following resolution 
was referred to the Committee on Missions, namely : 

Missionary In- Resolved, That the Committee on Missions be instructed to inquire 
formation. what can be done to furnish our people with a more extensive 
and thorough knowledge of our missionary work. 

On motion of A. L. Cooper, the following resolution 
was referred to the Committee on Revisals, namely : 

The meaning of Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be instructed to define 
"Arethereany the question on page 56 of the Discipline: "Are there any com- 
complaintsv" plaintg? r> 



Virginia and 
North Caro- 
lina. 



VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA CONFERENCE. 

On motion of J. S. Mitchell, the following resolution 
was referred to the Committee on Boundaries, namely : 



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107 



Resolved, That the Committee on Boundaries be instructed to in- May IS. 

quire into the expediency of constructing the Territory now compos- Thirteenth 

ing the Virginia and North Carolina Conference into two Conferences ; Day - 

the first to be named Virginia Conference, the other North Carolina Afternoon, 

Conference. Boundaries. 



WASHINGTON CONFERENCE. Washington. 

On motion of Benjamin Brown, the following pre- 
amble and resolution were referred to the Committee 
on Revisals, namely : 

Whereas, There is a controversy about the duty or duties of the Duties of Stew- 
Stewards and Trustees of our Churches; therefore, 

Resolved, That this General Conference instruct the Committee 
on Revisals to inquire into the expediency of altering and defining 
the section on pages 108 and 263 of the Discipline, relating to finan- 
cial arrangements, so that it may be more clearly understood by all 
concerned. 



ards and Trus- 
tees. 



WEST VIRGINIA CONFERENCE. WestViegkia. 

On motion of A. J. Lyda, the following resolution 
was referred to the Committee on Boundaries, namely: 

Resolved, That the Committee on Boundaries be instructed to in- Boundaries, 
quire into the expediency of allowing the western boundary of the 
West Virginia Conference to remain as it is. 



Con- 
pro- 



WEST WISCONSIN CONFERENCE. West Wiscon- 

sin. 

A. Brunson offered the following resolution, propos- 
ing a change in the Discipline, and it was laid on the 
table under the rule, namely : 

Resolved, By the Delegates of the several Annual Conferences in Change in the 
General Conference assembled, That the second answer to the ques- time of holding 
tion sec. 1, chap, i, Part II, on pages 45 and 46 of the Discipline, 
which now reads, " The General Conference shall meet on the first 
day of May, in the year of our Lord 1812, in the city of New York, 
and thenceforward on the first day of May once in four years, per- 
petually," etc., be and is hereby amended by striking out the word 
"May," where it occurs in the second and fourth lines, and also the 
figures "1812," in the third line, and inserting the word "June" 
instead of "May," and the figures " 1871 " instead of "1812;" also 
striking out the word "New York," leaving it blank as to place, till 
the place of the next session is fixed upon, when it will read : "The 
General Conference shall meet on the first day of June, 1871, in the 

city of , and thenceforward on the first day of June, once 

in four years perpetually," etc. 



General 

ference 

posed. 



WISCONSIN CONFERENCE. 



Wisconsin. 



On motion of C. D. Pillsbury, the following resolu- 
tion was referred to the Committee on Revisals, 
namely : 



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May 15. 

thirteenth 
Day. 

Afternoon. 

.Support of Pre- 
siding Elders. 



Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be instructed to inquire 
into the expediency of so amending the Discipline, Part VI, chap, i, 
sec. 2, as to strike out all after the word '• ability," in the fifth line 
from the bottom of page 252, which clause reads as follows: "And 
in all cases the Presiding Elder shall share with the Preachers in 
his district in proportion to what they have severally received ; 
but if there be a surplus of money raised for the support of the 
Preachers in one or more of the stations or circuits in his district, 
he shall receive such surplus, provided he do not receive more than 
his allowance. 



Wyoming. 



WYOMING CONFERENCE. 



On motion of George Peck, the following resolntion 
was referred to the Committee on Revisals, namely : 

Non-attendance Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be instructed to in- 

on the services quire into the propriety of directly authorizing the Preacher in 

o e urc . c j iar g ej ^ v ith the concurrence of the Quarterly Conference, to 

declare persons withdrawn from the Church who habitually absent 

themselves from the services of the Church, and who attend or aid 

congregations which are antagonistic to the Church. 

Bishop Simpson presented a communication from a 
Committee of the Reformed Presbyterian Synod, con- 
cerning the absence from the Constitution of the 
United States of any recognition of Almighty God as 
the source of all authority and civil government, and 
of Christ as the ruler of nations ; and, on motion, it was 
referred to the Committee on the State of the Country. 

The roll of Conferences was called for the presen- 
tation of petitions, memorials, and appeals ; and they 
were presented and referred as follows : 



Baltimore. 



Boundaries. 



Lay Kepresen- 
tation. 



BALTIMORE CONFERENCE. 

W. B. Edwards presented two memorials on Bound- 
aries, signed by G. E. Parker, Robert White, and one 
hundred and sixty-six others, and they were referred 
to the Committee on Boundaries. 

John Lanahan presented twelve petitions in favor of 
Lay Representation, signed by John Hurst and five 
hundred others, and they were referred to the Com- 
mittee on that subject. He also presented a memorial 
from B. N. Brown asking a change of Discipline, and 
it was referred to the Committee on Revisals. 



Black Eivtie. 

Lay Represen- 
tation. 



BLACK RIVER CONFERENCE. 

A. J. Phelps presented three petitions in favor of 
Lay Representation, signed by V. V. Nottingham, B. 



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C. Rose, James Bickford, and forty-three others, and 
they were referred to the Committee on Lay Rep- 
resentation. 

I. S. Bingham presented the action of the Black River 
Conference respecting the Northern Advocate, and also 
respecting the publishing and sale of books, and it was 
referred to the Committee on the Book Concern. 

E. C. Bruce presented a memorial in favor of Lay 
Representation, signed by Hiram Derby and twenty- 
four others, and it was appropriately referred. 



Blay 15. 

Thirteenth 
Day. 

Afternoon. 

Northern Ad- 
vocate, etc. 



Lay Represen- 
tation. 



CENTRAL GERMAN CONFERENCE. 

J. Rothweiler presented twenty-seven petitions on 
Lay Representation, signed by about live hundred 
members, and it was referred to the Committee on 
Lay Representation. He also presented memorials 
respecting the appointment of a German Missionary 
Secretary, signed by Theodore Baur and one hundred 
and sevent3'-six others, and they were referred to the 
Committee on Missions. 



Central Ger- 
man 



CENTRAL ILLINOIS CONFERENCE. 



Central Illi- 
nois. 



Lay Represen- 
tation. 



R. Hauey presented a petition for Lay Representa- 
tion, signed by William Hamilton and twenty-three 
others, and it was appropriately referred. 

H. Ritchie presented two petitions against Lay 
Representation, signed by John Hester, George Heck- 
ley, and nineteen others, and two petitions in favor of 
Lay Delegation, signed by Thomas Prior, C. W. Green, 
and thirty-nine others, and they were all referred to the 
Committee on Lay Representation. He also presented 
a memorial from Chilicothe and Rome station for a 
daily religious paper, and it was referred to the Com- 
mittee on the Book Concern. He also presented two 
memorials on Boundaries, signed by John Searle, Rev. 
L. P. Crouch, and thirty-seven others, and they were 
referred to the Committee on Boundaries. 

J. S. Cumming presented twenty-four petitions for Lay Eepresen 
Lay Representation, signed by James M'Farland and 
six hundred and ninety-nine others ; and four remon- 
strances against Lay Representation, signed by C. 



Boundaries. 



tation. 



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[186S. 



May 15. 

Thirteenth 

Day. 
Afternoon. 



Hughlitt and thirty others, and they were appropri- 
ately referred. 

W. H. Hunter presented a petition for Lay Repre- 
sentation, signed by L. "Wilber and twenty-nine others, 
and it was referred to the Committee on that subject ; 
also, a memorial from certain Scandinavian preachers, 
asking aid for the endowment of a Theological School, 
and a petition asking for the adoption of the Scandina- 
vian paper published in Chicago, signed by N. O. 
Westergreen and A. J. Anderson, and they were re- 
ferred to the Committee on the Scandinavian work. 



Central Ohio. 



CENTRAL OHIO CONFERENCE. 



Lay Represen- 
tation. 



W. G. Williams presented a remonstrance against 
Lay Representation, signed by G. W. M'Laughlin and 
four others, and it was referred to the Committee on 
that subject ; he also presented a memorial from G. 
Lease, for a provision of Discipline regulating the 
decision of law questions by the Bishops, and it was 
referred to the Committee on the Episcopacy. 
Lay Delegation. W. J. Wells presented two petitions for Lay Delega- 
tion, signed by Jason M'Vay, George W. Hull, and for- 
ty-seven others, and they were appropriately referred. 



Of Law Ques 

tions. 



Cincinnati. 

Lay Represen- 
tation. 



CINCINNATI CONFERENCE. 

J. Kendall presented a petition for Lay Represen- 
tation, signed by William Ramsay and eighteen others ; 
J. M. Walden presented petitions for Lay Representa- 
tion from Wesley, Trinity, Morris, Christie, Finley, 
and Walnut Hills charges, signed by A. N. Riddle 
and two hundred and fifty-six others ; also, petitions 
from Trinity Church Xenia, from Heuvelton, Walker 
Church Middletown, Wayuesville, Jamestown, Union 
Circuit, Mechanicsburgh, Batavia, and New Market, 
signed by S. Newton, J. W. Davis, G. F. Stevens, J. 
Randall, J. P. Spain*, Joseph Voorhees, R. D. Williams, 
J. W. Duckwall, Thomas A. Burne, and two hundred 
and seventeen others ; also, petitions from Milford, 
Mount Washington, Eaton, Second Church Troy, 
Hillsboro', Trimble Church New Richmond, and 
South Charleston, signed by C. S. Stuntz, Thomas 



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Duckwall, A. Coffman, R. BrandrifF, Jacob Layler, 
William Hawkins, Thomas C. Gonrdy, J. F. Pringle, 
aud one hundred and ninety-six others, and they 
were referred to the Committee on Lay Representa- 
tion. He also presented a memorial respecting the 
action of the Cincinnati Conference as to the State 
of the Country, and it was referred to the Committee 
on Revisals. 

A. Lowry presented two petitions in favor of Lay 
Representation, signed by J. T. Ridgely, S. S. Gray, 
and one hundred and twenty others, and they were 
appropriately referred. 



171 

May 15. 

Thirteenth 

Day. 
Afternoon. 



COLORADO CONFERENCE. 



Colorado. 



J. L. Dyer presented a memorial on Boundaries, and Boundaries. 
it was referred to the Committee on that subject. 



DELAWARE CONFERENCE. 



Delaware. 



James Davis presented two memorials: one asking Boundaries and 

■ ■*■ . Episcopacy. 

that the Delaware Conference be allowed to continue 
as at present organized, and' one for an increase in the 
general superintendency. The former was referred to 
the Committee on Boundaries, the latter to the Com- 
mittee on the Episcopacy. 



DES MOINES CONFERENCE. 



Des Molnes. 



B. Mitchell presented a petition for Lay Representa- Lay Represen- 
tion, signed by H. H. O'Neal and seventeen others ; and 
also the action of seven Quarterly Conferences in the 
Sioux City District, asking that an Annual Conference ^^i fo con n - 
be constituted embracing Northwestern Iowa and ference - 
Dacotah Territory. The former was referred to the 
Committee on Lay Representation, and the latter to 
the Committee on Boundaries. 



DETROIT CONFERENCE. 



Detroit. 



E. O. Haven presented memorials in favor of Lay Lay Ropresen- 
Represeutation ; one from Edgar Conklin^, and two 



J B! 



signed by A. H. Shank, H. S. Camp, and thirty-nine 
others, and they were appropriately referred. 



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iviayis. F. A. Blades presented fifty-two petitions on Lay 

Th dat ENTH Representation, signed by seven hundred and seventy- 

Afternoon. one in favor of it, and three hundred and thirty-one 

L tation. epreSen " a ff anist it, and they were referred to the Committee on 

that subject. 

J. M. Arnold presented the petition of John Owen 
and thirty-eight others for Lay Representation, and it 
was appropriately referred. 



East Balti- 
more. 

Boundaries and 
Lay Represen- 
tation. 



EAST BALTIMORE CONFERENCE. 

B. H. Crever presented two petitions on boundaries, 
signed by J. Wesley Awl, B. I. Harris, and fourteen 
others, and three petitions for Lay Representation, 
signed by W. A. Squier, J. T. Johnston, Joel Daily, 
and seventy-three others, and they were appropriately 
referred. 



East Genesee. 



Boundaries. 



EAST GENESEE CONFERENCE. 



K. P. Jervis presented two petitions on boundaries, 
one from Lima Station, and one signed by A. S. Davis 
and twenty-six others, and they were appropriately 
referred. 
Lay Delegation. F. G. Hibbard presented two petitions in favor of 
Lay Delegation, signed by A. Wheeler, L. Wilcox, 
and forty others, and they were referred to the Com- 
mittee on that subject. 



Eastern Gee- EASTERN GERMAN CONFERENCE. 

MAN. 

German Bishop J. Swahlen presented the action of the Conference 
in relation to the election of a German Bishop, and it 
was referred to the Committee on the Episcopacy. 



Eeie. 

Lay Represen- 
tation. 



Boundaries. 



ERIE CONFERENCE. 

R. A. Caruthers presented resolutions of Greenwood 
Circuit Quarterly Conference against Lay Representa- 
tion, and also a petition in favor of it, signed by M. B. 
Taylor and one hundred and nine others ; also seven 
memorials against a Change of Boundaries, signed by 
B. C. Warner, H. M. Chamberlain, G. W. Dresser, 
John R. Lyon, Michael Williams, V. Lake, and 



1868.] Journal of the General Conference. 173 

seventy-two others, and they were all appropriately May 15, 
referred. Thietmsth 

George W. Maltby presented the memorial of the Afternoon. 
Meadville and eighteen other Quarterly Conferences of Boundaries. 
Meadville District on Boundaries, and the paper was 
referred to the Committee on Boundaries. 

J. Peate presented three petitions for Lay Repre- Lay Represen- 
sentation, signed by C. Williams, C. Ball, M. B. Tay- 
lor, and one hundred and fifty-five others, and they 
were referred to the Committee on that subject. 

R. H. Hurlburt presented two petitions in favor of 
Lay Delegation, signed by Rev. J. M. Green, A. S. 
Gates, and thirty-two others, and they were appro- 
priately referred. 

GENESEE CONFERENCE. Genesee. 

S. Hunt presented the action of the Conference in Sabbath Psalter 
favor of the use of a Sabbath Psalter, and it was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Revisals. 

T. Carlton presented three petitions on Lay Repre- La y. Represen- 
sentation, signed by F. H. Root, L. Crocker, John 
Benson, and one hundred and six others, and they 
were referred accordingly. 

HOLSTON CONFERENCE. Holston. 

Thomas H. Pearne presented twenty petitions in Lay Represen- 
favor of Lay Representation, signed by Governor 
Brownlow and one thousand three hundred and forty- 
seven others, and they were referred to the Commit- 
tee on Lay Representation. He also presented a 
memorial from Governor Brownlow on the State and state of the 
Demands of our Work in the South, also a Statement work, etc. 
of Facts in Relation to our Church in the South, 
signed by William H. Rogers, and a memorial from 
Rev. L. F. Drake and thirty-eight others, praying for 
a Church Paper, University, etc., and they were re- 
ferred to the Committee on the State of the Church. 

ILLINOIS CONFERENCE. Illinois. 

Peter Cartwright presented the action of the Bloom- 
field Quarterly Conference, and a memorial from W. 



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[1868. 



May 15. L. Smith and thirty-one others on Boundaries, and 

Tm ^£ NTH they were referred to the Committee on that subject. 
Afternoon. J. H. Moore presented a petition for Lay Delega- 

Lay Represen- tion, signed by N. W. Matheny and thirteen others, 

tation. -, . n -, i « • , , • 

ana it was referred to the Committee on that subject. 

James Leaton presented two petitions on Lay Rep- 
resentation, signed by J. D. Barnes, Alfred Jackson, 
and twenty-eight others, and they were referred to the 
Committee on that subject. He also presented two 
°Presidin" Ct Ei^ mem01 *i a l s from Mattoon District : one on Electing 
ders. Presiding Elders, and one on the Support of the 

Gospel, and they were referred to the Committee 
on the Itinerancy. 



Indiana. 



Lay Represen- 
tation. 



INDIANA CONFEEENCE. 

John Kiger presented memorials for Lay Repre- 
sentation, signed by Rev. E. Gaskins and two hundred 
and thirty-six others, and they were appropriately 
referred. 

B. F. Rawlins presented petitions from various 
charges in Indiana Conferences in favor of Lay Rep- 
resentation, signed by one thousand one hundred and 
sixty petitioners, and they were referred to the Com- 
mittee on Lay Representation. 

W. Meginnis presented two petitions for Lay Rep- 
resentation, signed by P. G. Robinson, M. A. Roseberry, 
and twelve others, and they were referred accordingly. 



Iowa. 

Lay Represen- 
tation. 



IOWA CONFERENCE. 

E. H. Waring presented a petition for Lay Repre- 
sentation, signed by Charles F. Crever and four 
others. J. H. Power presented a petition on the 
same subject, signed by J. H. Wilson and thirty-four 
others, and they were appropriately referred. 



Kentucky. 



KENTUCKY CONFERENCE. 



Lay Delegation. J. C. Harrison presented two papers on Lay Dele- 
gation, and they were referred to the Committee on 
that subject. 



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Mlay 15. 

MAINE CONFERENCE. Thirteenth 

Day. 

C. Hunger presented twenty-one petitions on Lay Afternoon. 
Representation, and also the action of the Freeman . M>E- 

to /-\ r-t • -^ay Represen- 

and Strong Quarterly Conference on the same subject, tation. 
and they were referred accordingly. 



MINNESOTA CONFERENCE. Minnesota. 

C. Hobart presented two petitions for Lay Repre- Lay Represen- 
sentation, signed by John Nichols, C. S. Sheeks, and 
fourteen others ; also a remonstrance against Lay 
Representation, signed by Thomas Barnes and one 
other, and they were appropriately referred. He also 
presented a memorial respecting the support of Pre- ^dFn^EidersT 
siding Elders, and it was referred to the Committee 
on Revisals. 

J. F. Chaffee presented a memorial from Rev. J. O. Lay Delegation. 
Rich and twenty-three other members of the Confer- 
ence in favor of Lay Delegation, and other memorials 
on the same subject, signed by forty-eight petitioners 
in favor of it and by twenty-two against it, and they 
were referred to the Committee on Lay Representa- 
tion. 

Cyrus Brooks presented the action of the Minnesota s ^l inavian 
Conference on the Scandinavian work, and it was 
referred to the Special Committee on that subject. 

MISSOURI AND ARKANSAS CONFERENCE. ^kInsas^ 

L. M. Vernon presented the action of the Confer- Boundaries, 
ence in favor of its being divided, and it was referred 
to the Committee on Boundaries. He also presented 
a petition for Lay Representation, signed by Josiah L toti n epresen " 
Bowden and twenty others, and the action of the 
Conference on the same subject, aud they were appro- 
priately referred. 

J. H. Hopkins presented four petitions on Confer- Boundaries. 
ence Boundaries, signed by W. J. Martindale, E. Ros- 
zell, Rev. J. G. Thompson, F. D. Phillips, and eighty- 
three others ; also the action of the Ashley Circuit 
Quarterly Conference on the same subject, and they 
were referred to the Committee on Boundaries. 



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[1868. 



May 15. 

Thirteenth NEWARK CONFERENCE. 

Afternoon. 

Newark. C. Larew presented the action of the Newark Con- 

Christian ference on the American and Foreign Christian Union, 

Union. o ' 

and it was referred to the Special Committee on that 
subject. 

J. T. Crane presented two petitions in favor of Lay 
Representation, signed by J. T. Heddon, B. M. Felch, 
and twenty-two others, and they were referred to the 
Committee on that subject ; also a memorial from the 
Rev. S. B. Rooney, which was referred to the Com- 
mittee on Itinerancy ; and also the appeal of B. F. 
Wilson, which was referred to the Committee on 
Appeals. 

NEW ENGLAND CONFERENCE. 

Conference ac- L. R. Thayer presented the action of the Conference 
Southern work on our Southern Work, and it was referred to the 
Committee on Itinerancy ; also, resolutions of the Wal- 
nut-street Quarterly Conference, Chelsea, which were 
referred to the Committee on Revisals. 



Lay Represen- 
tation. 



Memorial of 
S. B. Eooney. 



Appeal of B. F. 
Wilson. 



New England. 



New Toek. 



Lay Represen- 
tation. 



NEW YORK CONFERENCE. 

R. S. Foster presented petitions in favor of Lay 
Representation from New York and neighboring 
towns, signed by W. W. Cornell, Daniel Drew, E. L. 
Fancher, A. V. Stout, Oliver Hoyt, and four thousand 
others, and they were referred to the Committee on 
Lay Representation. 

A. M. Osbon presented a remonstrance against Lay 
Representation, signed by George Thompson and nine- 
teen others ; W. H. Ferris presented petitions from the 
following Churches in New York Conference, namely : 
St. Paul's, Jane-street, Duane-street, New York ; Sing 
Sing, Newburgh, and Hudson ; signed by David Doty, 
Gilbert Oakley, T. B. Smith, Caleb Smith, J. N. Weed, 
L. M. Bradley, and two hundred and fourteen others ; 
J. B. Wakeley presented eight petitions for Lay Del- 
egation, signed by Francis Godine and two hundred 
and eighteen others ; and they were referred to the 
Committee on Lay Representation. 



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John M'Clintock presented the memorial of Prof. G. 
F. Comfort on the subject of University Education, 
and it was referred to the Committee on Education. 



]\lay 15. 

Thirteenth 
Day. 

Afternoon. 

Education. 



NEW YOKK EAST CONFERENCE. 

D. Curry presented seven petitions for Lay Delega- 
tion signed by two hundred and seventy-six peti- 
tioners, and they were referred to the Committee on 
that subject ; also a memorial from North Fifth-street 
Church, Brooklyn, on statistics of classes, which was 
referred to the Committee on Revisals ; also a memo- 
rial from J. T. Hildreth, of Brooklyn, on the Use of 
Tobacco, and it was referred to the Special Committee 
on that subject. 

G. W. Woodruff presented a memorial from Samuel 
P. Ross on the appointment of Choristers, and it 
was referred to the Committee on Revisals ; also a 
memorial on Lay Representation, signed by John G. 
Auten, and it was referred to the Committee on that 
subject. 

B. Pilsbury presented petitions in favor of Lay 
Representation, signed by Stephen Crowell, John S. 
Barndollar, D. G. Fulkerson, Norman Smith, Bradley 
Goodsell, James Lanyon, L. S. Wooster, and one hun- 
dren and eighty-eight others, and they were referred 
to the Committee on Lay Representation. 

H. F. Pease presented a petition fromi the Trustees 
of the First Methodist Episcopal Centennial Church, 
requesting the General Conference to appoint a Board 
of Trustees for said Church, and it was referred to a 
special committee of five, to be appointed on the 
subject. 

N. Mead presented a memorial from G. W. Cheese- 
man, asking for a change of Discipline respecting the 
reception of members, and it was referred to the Com- 
mittee on Revisals. 



New York 
East. 

Lay Delegation. 



Memorial on 
Use of To- 
bacco. 



Koss on Chor- 
isters. 



Lay Represen- 
tation. 



Petition of First 
M. E. Centen- 
nial Church. 



Eeception of 
Members. 



NORTH INDIANA CONFERENCE. 



North 
ana. 



Indi- 



Thomas Bowman presented a memorial on Bound- Boundaries. 
aries, from Roberts Chapel, Indianapolis; also peti- 
tions in favor of Lay Representation, signed by G. H. Lay Delegation. 

12 



178 

3Iay 15. 

Thieteentii 

L>AY. 

Afternoon. 

NORTHWEST- 
EEN GeBMAN. 

Division of 
Conference. 



Journal of the General Conference. 



[1868. 



German Mis- 
sionary Secre- 
tary. 



M'Laughlin and four hundred and fifty-four others, 
and they were appropriately referred. 

NORTHWESTERN GERMAN CONFERENCE. 

G. L. Mulfinger presented a memorial from Red 
Wing German District in favor of a division of the 
Conference, and it was referred to the Committee on 
Boundaries ; also a petition from eight circuits and 
stations, signed by one hundred and sixty-six peti- 
tioners, asking the appointment of a German Assistant 
Missionary Secretary, and it was referred to the Com- 
mittee on Missions. 



NoETn west In- 
diana. 



NORTHWEST INDIANA CONFERENCE. 

J. C. Reed presented eight petitions on Lay Delega- 
tion, signed by G. M. Boyd and one hundred and two 
others, and they were appropriately referred. 



Northwest 
Wisconsin. 

Boundaries. 



Lay Represen- 
tation. 



NORTHWEST WISCONSIN CONFERENCE. 

T. M. Fullerton presented six petitions on Bound- 
aries, signed by Rev. G. B. Reynolds, J. M. Wells, Rev. 
G. Benham, Rev. H. Palmer, C. H. Granger, and ninety- 
two others ; also five petitions in favor of Lay Repre- 
sentation, signed by W. R. Barnes and fifty others, 
and they were appropriately referred. 



Ohio. 



Boundaries. 



OHIO CONFERENCE. 

J. M. Trimble presented a remonstrance against a 
change of Conference boundaries, signed by A. Berry 
and one hundred and eighty others, and it was referred 
to the Committee on Boundaries. 

John Dillon presented the petition of the Dunbarton 
Quarterly Conference in relation to boundaries ; also 
the remonstrance of the Piketon Quarterly Conference, 
and of James Jones and fifty-nine others, against Lay 
Representation, and they were appropriately referred. 

B. N". Spahr presented the action of the Quarterly 
Conference of Second-street Charge, Janesville, on the 
L totion epresen " su bject of boundaries ; also two petitions for Lay Rep- 
resentation, signed by John Garfield, Philip Ford, and 
seventy-nine others; also a remonstrance against Lay 



Lay Represen- 
tation. 



Boundaries. 



1868.] Journal of the General Conference. 179 

Representation, signed by S. Hazleton and nine others, May 15. 
and they were referred accordingly. Thirteenth 

Afternoon. 
ONEIDA CONFERENCE. Oneida. 

B. I. Ives presented a memorial in favor of Lay Lay Eepresen- 
Representation, signed by Philip Martin and fifteen 
others, and it was referred to the Committee on Lay 
Representation. 

PHILADELPHIA CONFERENCE. Philadelphia. 

James Cunningham presented two petitions for Lay Lay Delegation. 
Delegation, signed by F. A. Ellis, James H. Hoffecker 
and forty-one others ; V. Smith presented six memo- 
rials on Lay Representation, signed by one hundred 
and seventy-six petitioners, and they were referred to 
Committee on Lay Representation. 

PITTSBURGH CONFERENCE. Pittsburgh. 

I. C. Pershing presented the appeal of Isaac Aiken, Appeal of Isaac 
of the Pittsburgh Conference, and it was referred to 
the Committee on Appeals. 

D. L. Dempsey presented a petition for Lay Repre- 
sentation, signed by R. E. Sellers and sixty-eight 
others, and it was referred to the Committee on that 
subject. 

S. H. IsTesbit presented the exhibit of the Pittsburgh 
Christian Advocate, and it was referred to the Com- 
mittee on the Book Concern. 



PROVIDENCE CONFERENCE. Providence. 

Daniel Wise presented a memorial signed by T. A. 
Home and three others, protesting against the removal 
of the Tract Society from New York, and it was 
referred to the Committee on Sunday-schools and 
Tracts. 

S. C. Brown presented a memorial from E. S. Stan- e. 8. Stanley's 

i t • i i • i n ■> -, Memorial. 

ley and six other pastors, which Avas referred to the 
Committee on Itinerancy ; also a petition for Lay Rep- La y. Bepresen- 
resentation, signed by John Kirk and thirty-four 
others, and it was referred to a Committee on that 
subject. 



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IVXay 15. 

Thirteenth 
Day. 

Afternoon. 

Rock River. 

Boundaries. 



Seamen's 
Friend Society 



Lay Represen- 
tation. 



ROCK RIVER CONFERENCE. 

James Baume presented the action of the District 
Conference protesting against a division of the Rock 
River Conference, and it was referred to the Com- 
mittee on Boundaries. 

T. M. Eddy presented a paper from the Seamen's 
Friend Society, and it was referred to the Committee 
on that subject. He also presented petitions for Lay 
Delegation signed by C. O'Niel and one hundred 
others ; also memorials against Lay Delegation, signed 
by Z. Peirce and seventeen others, two of whom rep- 
resent a Quarterly Conference, and they were referred 
to the Committee on Lay Representation. 



South 
una. 



Caeo- 



Boundaries. 



SOUTH CAROLINA CONFERENCE. 

T. W. Lewis presented the action of Conference in 
reference to Boundaries, and it was referred to the 
Committee on that subject. 



Southeastern 

Indiana. 



SOUTHEASTERN INDIANA CONFERENCE. 



Lay Delegation. F. C. Holliday presented a petition in favor of Lay 
Delegation, signed by William Hawk and eight others, 
and it was appropriately referred. 



Southern Il- 
linois. 

Lay Represen- 
tation. 



SOUTHERN ILLINOIS CONFERENCE. 

J. B. Corrington presented a memorial on Lay Rep- 
resentation, signed by John Frazer and twenty-three 
others, and it was referred to the Committee on Lay 
Representation. 

T. A. Eaton presented a petition from Peter W. 
Blair and six others for Lay Representation, and it 
was referred to the Committee on that subject. 



Southwestern 
German. 

German Publi- 
cations. 



Boundaries. 



SOUTHWESTERN GERMAN CONFERENCE. 

Philip Kuhl presented the action of the Conference 
respecting German publications, and it was referred to 
the Committee on the Book Concern. Also the action 
of the Conference relating to Boundaries, and it was 
referred to the Committee on that subject. Also six 






186S.] Journal of the General Conference. 181 

petitions for Lay Delegation, signed by W. H. Welle- May 15. 
nieyer and one hundred and fifty-two others, and they j> AT . 

were referred to the Committee on Lay Representation. Afternoon. 

Also eleven petitions for a German Assistant Mission- German Mis- 

i _ sionary Secre- 

ary Secretary, signed by Philip Nauman and two hun- tary. 
dred and sixty-nine others, and they were referred to 
the Committee on Missions. 

William Schreck presented nine petitions, signed by Lay Delegation, 
one hundred and ninety-eight petitioners for Lay Dele- 
gation, and they were referred to the Committee on 
that subject. He also presented two petitions for a 
German Assistant Missionary Secretary, signed by H. G^man Secre- 
F. Koeneke, Joseph Hartmeyer, and forty-nine others, 
and they were referred to the Committee on Missions. 



TEXAS CONFERENCE. Texas. 

Joseph Welch presented the action of the Confer- New Orleans 

11 . Advocate. 

ence respecting the New Orleans Advocate, and it 
was referred to the Committee on the Book Concern. 
Also the action of the Conference relating to Church 
Extension, and it was referred to the Committee on 
that subject. 

TROY CONFERENCE. Tkot. 

W. R. Brown presented the action of the Confer- c ^ ch Exten " 

1 sion. 

ence on Church Extension, and it was referred to the 
Committee on that subject. Also the action of the Sunday-school 

J . and Tract Col- 

Conference on Sunday-school and Tract Collections, and lections, 
it was referred to the Committee on Benevolent Col- 
lections. Also the resolutions of the Conference re- Evolutions on 

Baptism. 

specting the Order of Public Worship, respecting per- 
sons baptized in infancy assenting to the Baptismal 
Covenant, and they were referred to the Committee 
on Revisals. 

J. T. Peck presented the petition of S. R, Gray and L ^ io £ epresen ' 
fifty-two others in favor of Lay Representation, and it 
was appropriately referred. 

S. Meredith presented two memorials in favor of 
Lay Representation, signed by C. G. Barnes, W. P. 
Abbott, and forty -four others, and they were referred 
to the appropriate Committee. 



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May 15. 

Thirteenth 

DAT. 

Afternoon. 

Upper Iowa. 

Lay Represen- 
tation. 



Observance of 
the Sabbath, 
etc. 



Vermont. 
Boundaries. 



UPPER IOWA CONFERENCE. 

W. Brush presented three petitions for Lay Repre- 
sentation, signed by A. C. Bunnell, C. E. Phifer, S. 
W. Hart, and forty-three others, and they were re- 
ferred to the Committee on Lay Representation. 

D. ~N. Holmes presented a communication from Rev. 
William Burris concerning the observance of the sab- 
bath, attendance on class-meetings, dress, and popular 
amusements, and it was referred to the Committee on 
the Pastoral Address. He also presented two petitions 
on Lay Delegation, signed by J. F. Hestwood, Robert 
S. Scott, and fourteen others, and they were referred 
to the Committee on Lay Representation. 

VERMONT CONFERENCE. 

Bennett Eaton presented four memorials on Bounda- 
ries, signed by S. Huntington and one hundred and 
ninety-six others, and they were referred to the Com- 
mittee on Boundaries. 

A. L. Cooper presented petitions on Boundaries, 
signed by Rev. E. A. Titus and two hundred and 
thirty-eight others, and they were referred to the Com- 
mittee on Boundaries. 



West Wiscon- 
sin. 

Boundaries. 



WEST WISCONSIN CONFERENCE. 



A. Bruuson presented nine petitions on Boundaries, 
signed by W. F. Delap, G-. M. Wildman, J. M. Clark, 
Jas. Roberts, J. Knibbs, W. Cook, C. B. Russell, E. 
S. Bunce, T. Lawson, and one hundred and thirteen 
others, and they were referred to the Committee on 
that subject. 

R. Dudgeon presented a memorial on Boundaries, 

signed by Joel B. Williams and twelve others ; and a 

Lay Delegation, memorial on Lay Delegation, signed by James Woods 

and eighteen others, and they were appropriately 

referred. 



Wisconsin. 



WISCONSIN CONFERENCE. 



Book Concern. W. G. Miller presented the action of the Conference 
respecting doing the business of the Book Concern on 
a cash basis, and also in relation to a Book Depository 



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183 



in Milwaukee, and the papers were referred to the May 15. 
Committee on the Book Concern. Day. ™ 

C. D. Pillsbury presented three memorials on Lay Afternoon'. 

Delegation, signed by James Irish, C. Liscomb, John Lay Delegation 
Osborne, and forty-one others, and they were referred 
to the Committee on Lay Representation. He also 
presented a memorial on a change of Boundaries, Boundaries, 
signed by William Ball and other official members, 
and it was referred to the Committee on Boundaries. 

Henry Bannister presented a petition on Lay Repre- 
sentation, signed by J. Williams and live others, and 
one on Boundaries, signed by S. JJash and other offi- 
cial members, and they were appropriately referred. 

S. Fallows presented a memorial on Boundaries, 
signed by David H. Wright and fourteen others ; and 
two petitions for Lay Representation, signed by Hon. 
A. B. Jackson, W. Lyman, and twenty-two others, and 
they were referred accordingly. 

On motion, Conference adjourned to meet on Mon- 
day morning next at nine o'clock. 

The Doxology was sung ; after which the Benedic- 
tion was pronounced by J. B. Wakeley, of the New 
York Conference. 



MONDAY MORNING, MAY 18. 



May 18. 

Fourteenth 
Day. 



Conference met pursuant to adjournment, Bishop 
Clark in the chair. 

The religious services were conducted by B. I. Ives, 
of the Oneida Conference. 

The Journal of Friday afternoon was read and ap- proved. ap 
proved. 

On motion of K. P. Jervis, the following resolution 
was unanimously adopted : 



officers of the 

Northwestern 

Eailroad. 



Resolved, That the thanks of this Conference are hereby tendered Resolution of 
to Perry. H. Smith, Esq., Vice-president of the Northwestern Rail- thanks to the 
road Company ; Hon. J. B. Turner and W. H. Terry, Esq., Resident 
Directors; George L. Dunlap, Esq., General Superintendent; and 
John C. Gault, Esq., Division Superintendent; and to E. S. Cuyler, 
Esq., Superintendent, together with his gentlemanly traiu officers 
who accompanied us, for the delightful excursion of last Saturday ; 
and especially to Messrs. 0. Lunt and G. C. Cook for that careful 
providence for all our wants which insured to us an unalloyed grati- 
fication. • Also to our brother, Rev. A. J. Kynett, D.D., and Rev. 



184 



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[1868. 



May 1®, 0. G. Truesdell, and to the citizens and ladies of Clinton. We shall 
Fourteenth ever remember this first visit of a General Conference to the west- 
Day. ern shore of the Mississippi as a most pleasant experience, and as 

an incident of deep historic interest. 



Call for Memo- 
rials, etc. 



The roll of Conference was called for the presenta- 
tion of petitions, memorials, and appeals : 



Baltimore. 



Lay Delegation. 



Historical Soci- 
ety of Balti- 
more. 



Metropolitan 
Church. 



BALTIMORE CONFERENCE. 

John Lanahan presented a memorial in favor of Lay 
Delegation, signed by T. H. Havener and thirty-two 
others, and it was referred to the Committee on that 
subject. He also presented the memorial of Dr. G. C. 
M. Roberts, President of the Baltimore Historical 
Society, asking for a donation of books for said Society, 
which was referred to the Committee on the Book 
Concern. And also a memorial from the Trustees of 
the Metropolitan Church, Washington, D. C, which 
was referred to a Special Committee of five. 



Black River. 



Lay Represen- 
tation. 



BLACK RIVER CONFERENCE. 

A. J. Phelps presented a petition in favor of Lay 
Representation from Oswego, signed by J. B. Edwards 
and twenty-five others, and it was referred accord- 
ingly. 



Central Ohio. 



Boundaries, 



CENTRAL OHIO CONFERENCE. 



P. S. Donelson presented the action of the Crestline 
Quarterly Conference, remonstrating against any ac- 
tion by which Crestline Station shall be transferred 
from the Central Ohio Conference, and it was referred 
to the Committee on Boundaries. 
Lay Delegation. W. G. Williams presented a petition from G. C. 
Hackadorn and forty-four others in favor of Lay 
Representation, and it was appropriately referred. 



Cincinnati. 



Marriage 
ual. 



CINCINNATI CONFERENCE. 



Rit- William Young presented a memorial on the resto- 
ration of certain words in the Marriage Ritual, and it 
was referred to the Committee on Revisals. 



1868.] Journal of the General Conference. 185 

May 18. 
DES MOINES CONFERENCE. Fourteenth 

B. Mitchell presented a petition for Lay Represents- Jf Dei^aUon 
tion from G. P. Bennett and nine others, which was 
referred to the Committee on that subject. 



EAST BALTIMORE CONFERENCE. East BALTI- 

MORE. 

John II. C. Dosh presented a petition on Lay Hep- Lay Delegation. 
resentation, signed by Andrew Boyd and forty-four 
others, which was referred to the Committee on Lay 
Representation. 

EAST GENESEE CONFERENCE. East Genesee. 

J. W. Lindsay presented a petition from Clyde on 
Lay Representation,, signed by L. H. Palmer and Lay Delegation, 
thirteen others, which was referred to the Committee 
on that subject. 

T. B. Hudson presented a memorial from Penn Yan, 
signed by D. A. Ogden and thirty others, and it was 
referred to the Committee on Lay Representation. 

EAST MAINE CONFERENCE. East Maine. 

S. H. Beale presented a petition on Lay Representa- Lay Delegation. 
tion, signed by William Hazleton and four others, and 
it was appropriately referred. 

ERIE CONFERENCE. Erie. 

R. H. Hurlburt presented a memorial on the subject 
of Boundaries, signed by D. Latshaw and fifty-three Boundaries, 
others, which was referred to the Committee on 
Boundaries. 

INDIANA CONFERENCE. Indiana. 

B. F. Rawlins presented remonstrances from various 
charges of the Indiana Conference on Boundaries, and Boundaries, 
they were referred to the Committee on Boundaries. 

D. M'Intyre presented a memorial on Lay Delega- Lay Delegation. 
tion, signed by I. W. Gallarnore and six others, and it 
was referred to the Committee on that subject. 



186 Journal of the General Conference. [1868. 

May 18. 

Fourteenth I0WA CONFERENCE. 

IowA - C. A. Holmes presented a petition for Lay Rep- 

Lay Delegation, resentation, signed by H. Rucld and twenty others; 

and one signed by I. P. Peter and twenty-eight others, 

and they were referred to the Committee on Lay 

Representation. 

Maine. MAINE CONFERENCE. 

f 

H. P. Torsey presented the petition of S. H. Bearce 
Lay Delegation. and twelve others in favor of Lay Representation, and 
it was referred to the Committee on that subject. 

Minnesota. MINNESOTA CONFERENCE. 

J. F. Chaffee presented petitions signed by seventy- 
Lay Delegation, two petitioners for Lay Delegation, and they were 
referred accordingly. 

Mississippi. MISSISSIPPI CONFERENCE. 

J. P. Newman presented a memorial from James 
Against Colored Lvnch, Presiding Elder of Jackson District, on behalf 

Conferences. * ° 

of the ministers and members of that District against 
Colored Conferences, and it was read and referred to 
the Committee on Boundaries. 

NewEngland. NEW ENGLAND CONFERENCE. 

Lay Delegation. G. Haven presented petitions for Lay Representa- 
tion, signed by William Claffin and one thousand and 
thirteen others, and they were referred to the Com- 
mittee on Lay Representation. 

New Hamp- NEW HAMPSHIRE CONFERENCE. 

SHIEE. 

J. Pike presented the petitions of L. Beach, Jr., G. 
P. Wilson, C. W. Weiitworth, L. Siloway, and two 
hundred and sixty-eight others, of Lawrence, asking a 
Boundaries. change in the boundaries between the New England 
and New Hampshire Conferences, and they were re- 
ferred to the Committee on Boundaries. 

G. W. H. Clark presented a petition for Lay Delega- 
Lay Delegation, tion, signed by A. G. Burnham and nine others, and it 
was appropriately referred. 



1868.] Journal of the General Conference. 187 

May 18. 

fourteenth 
Day. 
New Jersey. 



NEW JERSEY CONFERENCE. Fourteenth 



E. H. Stokes presented a memorial from Rufus 
Ogden, asking a change in the mode of appointing 
Leaders to Choirs, and it was referred to the Com- L «| d ? re of 

' Choirs. 

mittee on Revisals. 

NEW YORK CONFERENCE. NewYobk. 

J. B. Wakeley presented the petition of Rev. TV". C. 
Smith and twenty-five others respecting the use of T b h a e cc " se of To " 
tobacco, and it was referred to the Special Committee 
on that subject. 

NORTH OHIO CONFERENCE. North Ohio. 

J. F. Kennedy presented the petition of J. Fribley 
and nine others on the subject of Boundaries, and it Boundaries. 
was referred to the Committee on that subject. 

OHIO CONFERENCE. Ohio. 

B. N". Spahr presented the petition of Lawson Wiles 
and thirteen others for Lay Representation, and it Lay Delegation. 
was referred accordingly. 

PHILADELPHIA CONFERENCE. Philadelphia. 

V. Smith presented a petition .on Boundaries, signed Boundaries. 
by John G. Robinson and twenty-seven others ; and a 
memorial for Lay Representation, signed by E. C. Bay Delegation. 
Pearson and eight others, and they were referred 
accordingly. 

PITTSBURGH CONFERENCE. PrarsBUKGH. 

S. H. Nesbit presented a memorial for Lay Rep- Lay Delegation, 
resentation, signed by C. J. Albright and twenty- one 
others, and it was referred to the Committee on Lay 
Representation. 

PROVIDENCE CONFERENCE. Pbovidence. 

Daniel Wise presented the remonstrance of the 
Board of Managers of the Tract Sooiety against the Tract Society, 
removal of the Society flo Philadelphia, and it was 



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[1863. 



jsiay i«. referred to the Committee on Sunday-Schools and 

Fourteenth rr\,„ ,„ 

day. 1 1 acts. 



EOCK BlVER. 



ROCK RIVER CONFERENCE. 



Lay Delegation. R. A. Blanchard presented two petitions on Lay 
Representation : one for it signed by J. E. Bassett and 
seven others, and one against it, signed by Samuel 
Simmons and three others, and they were referred to 
the Committee on Lay Representation. 

T. M. Eddy presented a petition for Lay Delegation, 
signed by P. W. Dietz and twenty others, and it was 
appropriately referred. 



Southeastern 
Indiana. 



SOUTHEASTERN INDIANA CONFERENCE. 



F. C. Holliday presented nine petitions in favor of 
Lay Delegation. Lay Delegation, signed by Thomas Hargitt and four 
hundred and twenty others, and they were referred 
accordingly. 

Teot. TROY CONFERENCE. 

J. E. Bowen presented the petition of George L. 

Boundaries. Clark and eighteen others on Conference Boundaries, 

and also the petition of L. D. Gay and eleven others 

on the same subject, and they were referred to the 

Committee on Boundaries. 



Upper Iowa. 



UPPER IOWA CONFERENCE. 



Lay Delegation. "W. Brush presented a petition for Lay Delegation, 
signed by Rev. John W. Clinton and ten others, and 
it was referred to the Committee on that subject. 



Vermont. 



VERMONT CONFERENCE. 



Lay Delegation. Bennett Eaton presented a petition on Lay Rep- 
resentation, signed by Col. A. M. Dickey and fourteen 
others, and it was appropriately referred. 



West Wiscon- 
sin. 

Boundaries. 



WEST WISCONSIN CONFERENCE. 

Alfred Brunson presented memorials on Boundaries 
signed by J. Burlingame, John Bean, A. Hall, and 
eighteen others : also the* action of Mineral Point 



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Journal of the General Conference. 



189 



District Association ; and they were all referred to the May is. 

/^ •.. t) l Fourteenth 

Committee on Boundaries. Day. 



WISCONSIN CONFERENCE. 



Wisconsin. 



C. D. Pillsbury presented two petitions for Lay Lay Delegation. 
Representation, signed by C. Adams, D. F. Holcomb, 
and forty-eight others, and they were referred accord- 
ingly. 



WYOMING CONFERENCE. 



Wyoming. 



R. Nelson presented the action of the Conference on 
American and Foreign Christian Union, and it was 
referred to the Committee on that subject. 

On motion of W. Reddy, it was ordered that the CaI1 f01 \ P eti - 

, J tions, etc., to 

call for petitions, memorials, and appeals be suspended be suspended 

/ x 1 l after Thursday 

after Thursday next. 

The roll of Conferences was called for the presenta- 
tion of miscellaneous business, and it was introduced 
and disposed of as follows : 



BALTIMORE CONFERENCE. 

On motion of John Lanahan, the following preamble 
and resolutions were referred to the Committee on 
Chaplaincies in the Army and Navy : 

Whereas, A large majority of the Chaplains in the Army and 
Navy have been for many years appointed from one of the smallest 
religious denominations of the country ; and 

Whereas, The Chaplaincies of the Military and Naval Academies 
have been held almost exclusively by ministers from the same 
denomination; and 

Wltereas, Great injustice has been done to our own, in common 
with other leading Churches of the land ; therefore, 

Resolved, 1. That the Committee on Chaplaincies be instructed to 
consider the propriety of preparing and presenting to Congress a 
suitable memorial requesting that body to enact such legislation as 
shall effectually put an end to the monopoly. 

Resolved, 2. That the same Committee be instructed to consider 
the propriety of the appointment by this General Conference of a 
special committee to correspond with other religious bodies on the 
subject above named. 



Baltimore. 



Chaplains in the 
Army and in 
the Navy. 



BLACK RIVER CONFERENCE. 

John W. Armstrong offered the following resolu- 
tion, and it was referred to the Committee on Revisals, 
namely : 



Black River. 



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[1808. 



May 18. 

Fourteenth 

Day. 

A financial plan 
for the sup- 
port of Pre- 
siding Elders 
and Preachers. 



Resolved, That the Committee on Bevisals be requested to con- 
sider the propriety of inserting in the Discipline an addition to the 
following effect, namely: 

1. "That the last Quarterly Conference of each year appoint a 
committee of five Church members, to be known as the Finance 
Committee. 

2. That it shall be the duty of this Committee to meet as soon 
as practicable after the necessary Church' expenses have been 
determined, and to assess the amount so determined upon the 
membership of the Church, in such proportion as in their judgment 
is just and right, carefully taking into consideration the moneys 
received or likely to be ' received, either in pew rents or subscriptions, 
from persons who are not members of the Church, and crediting on 
the assessment of each member of the Church the amount of his 
pew rent on payment thereof. 

3. "That the Presiding Elder's claim be included in the Church 
expenses provided for in the second resolution. 

4. " That the last Quarterly Conference of each year appoint also 
a Financial Agent, a Church member, who shall collect quarterly 
payments on these assessments, and pay them over to the Church 
Treasurer, receiving a stipulated price for each day's service." 



The subject of 
Missions to be 
brought before 
first Quarterly 
Conference. 



On motion of Benjamin S. Wright, the following 
resolution was referred to the Committee on Revisals, 
namely : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be instructed to in- 
quire into the expediency of so amending the Discipline, Part Y, 
sec. 2, on page 229, where it reads, li It shall be the duty of each 
Presiding Elder to bring the subject of our missions before the 
Quarterly Conferences of each circuit and station within his dis- 
trict at the last Quarterly Conference in each year," by striking out 
the word last and inserting the word first, so that it should read as 
follows, namely: "It shall be the duty of each Presiding Elder to 
bring the subject of Missions before the Quarterly Conference of 
each circuit and station within his district at the first Quarterly 
Conference in each year." 



Cincinnati. 



Literary Insti- 
tutions to be 
reported to the 
Annual Con- 
ferences. 



CINCINNATI CONFERENCE. 

On motion of William Young, the following resolu- 
tion was referred to the Committee on Revisals, 
namely : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be instructed to in- 
quire into the propriety of including among the questions asked at 
all our Annual Conferences the following, namely : 

Ques. "What Literary Institutions are under our patronage and 
control, and what is their condition?" In answer to this question 
let the Committee on Education give: 

1. " Name and place of Institution. 

2. " Name of President or Principal. 

3. " Number of Instructors. 

4. " Number of Students for the previous year. 

5. "Value of property of all kinds, and such other items as may 
be easily tabulated." 



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191 



On motion of J. M. "Walden, the following resolution May is. 
was referred to the Committee on the Book Concern, ""J™ 1 " 
namely: 

Resolved, That the Committee on the Book Concern be instructed Quarterly Ee- 
to inquire what changes, if any, are needed in the Quarterly Review view, 
to adapt it to a larger class of readers than it now has among the 
ministers and membership of our Church. 



DES MOINES CONFERENCE. 

On motion of B. Mitchell, the following resolution 
was referred to the Committee on Revisals, namely : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be instructed to in- 
quire into the propriety of adding to sec. 3, chap, ii, Part III, page 
128 of the Discipline, a paragraph, making it, in trials and appeals, 
the duty of the presiding officer, and not that of the Committee or 
Conference, to pass upon all motions, the decision of which turns 
upon law points, and does not involve the facts in the case. 



Des Moixes. 



The duty of 

presidents of 

trials and ap- 
peals. 



DETROIT CONFERENCE. Detkoit. 

On motion of John M. Arnold, the following resolu- 
tion was referred to the Committee on Revisals, 
namely : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be instructed to report Reception 
a form for the public reception of members on trial. members. 



of 



EAST BALTIMORE CONFERENCE. 

T. Mitchell offered the following resolution, but it 
was not adopted, sixty-seven voting for it and seventy- 
six against it, namely : 



East Balti- 

MOEli 



Resolved, That so much of the "Rules of Order' 
hour of meeting at nine o'clock A. M. be reconsidered. 



as fixes the Hour of meet- 
ing. 



On motion of J. H. C. Dosh, the following preamble 
and resolutions were referred to the Committee on 
Revisals, namely : 

Whereas, The Discipline (Part II, chap, ii, sec. 17, ans. 3, page 
96) makes it the duty of those who have charge of circuits or 
stations to examine each of the Leaders; therefore, 

Resolved, 1. That the Committee on Revisal3 be instructed to in- 
quire into the expediency of so altering: Part I, chap, iii, sec. 3, page 
43, ans. 1 as to read, "Let each of thera be examined quarterly 
by the Preacher in charge concerning his method of meeting a 
Class." 

'.!< -lived, 2. That the Committee on Revisals be instructed to in- 
quire into the expediency of reporting baptized orphans to the 
Quarterly Conference instead of the Leaders' Meeting. (See Disci- 
1 \ Part I. chap, ii, sec. 2, page 40.) 



Examination of 
Leaders quar- 
terly by the 
Preacher. 



Reporting bap- 
tized children 
to Quarterly 
Conference. 



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May 18. 

Fourteenth 

Day. 
Eeie. 



ERIE CONFERENCE. 

On motion of G. W. Maltby, the following resolu- 
tion was referred to the Committee on Revisals, 
namely : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be requested to in- 
quire into the propriety of amending the Discipline, chap, ii, sec. 13, 
ques. 5, page 89, last line of the answer, by striking out the words 
"ordination excepted." 



Holston. HOLSTON CONFERENCE. 

On motion of Thomas H. Pearne, the following res- 
olutions were referred to the Committee on the Book 
Concern and on Boundaries respectively: 

Resolved, 1. That the Book Agents at New York be and they are 
hereby instructed to establish and publish in Tennessee or Georgia 
a weekly religious and news journal, said paper to be established 
by the first of January, 18G9, and at Knoxville, Atlanta, or Nash- 
ville, according as the Holston, Georgia and Alabama, or Tennessee 
Conferences way offer inducements ; that is, the paper to be estab- 
lished within the bounds of the Conference which will render the 
largest subscription or advertising patronage. 
Conference Resolved, 2. That the Committee on Boundaries be instructed to 

boundaries. define the existing Conferences and Conferences, to be formed by 
geographical boundaries. 



Weekly paper 
in Tennessee 
or Georgia. 



Illinois. 



ILLINOIS CONFERENCE. 



On motion of James Leatou, the following resolution 
was adopted, namely : 

Journals for Resolved, That the Book Agents are hereby instructed to mail to 

members of each member of this General Conference a copy of the Journal of 

the Confer- sa ; c j Conference as soon as published. 
ence. l 



Iowa. 



IOWA CONFERENCE. 



On motion of E. H. Waring, the following resolu- 
tion was adopted, namely : 

Dr. Nast's ad- Resolved, That so much of the Address of Dr. Nast as refers to 

dress. the union of the Methodist Episcopal Church and the Evangelical 

Association be referred to the Committee on the State of the Church. 



Kansas. KANSAS CONFERENCE. 

On motion of D. P. Mitchell, the following resolu- 
tion was referred to the Committee on Revisals, 
namely : 



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Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be instructed to inquire 
into the importance and practicability of creating a committee styled 
the "Court of Appeals," consisting of one traveling Elder from each 
Mission District, over which one of the Bishops, as they may select 
from among themselves from time to time, shall preside, said court 
to meet in the city of Cincinnati on the fifteenth day of June, 1869, 
and on the same day of the same month each succeeding year till 
the meeting of the next General Conference ; said Court to try all 
appeals taken from the several Annual Conferences, and to try a 
Bishop, from the decision of which he may appeal to the ensuing 
General Conference. Seven members of said Court shall constitute 
a quorum ; said Court to be selected by the General Conference 
delegates from each Mission District. 



IMay IS. 

Fourteenth 
Day. 

Court of Ap- 
peals to meet 
annually. 



MAINE CONFERENCE. 



Maine. 



H. P. Torsey presented an invitation from Geome invitation from 

J * ° Chicago Board 

R. Clarke, Esq., President of the Board of Education of Education. 
of this city, inviting the members of the General Con- 
ference, at their convenience, to visit the public schools 
of the city. The invitation was accepted, and the 
thanks of this body returned to the President of the 
Board of Education. 



MISSISSIPPI CONFERENCE. Mississippi. 

On motion of J. P. Newman, the following resolu- 
tion was referred to the Committee on Education, 

namely : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Education be instructed to report Theological 

to this General Conference a plan for the financial aid of our Theo- Schools in the 

logical Schools in the South, and for the support of such other ou ' 
schools as may be needed in that section of our work. 



MISSOURI AND ARKANSAS CONFERENCE. 

On motion of B. F. Crary, the following resolutions 
were referred to the Committee on Revisals, namely : 

Resolved, 1. That the Committee on Revisals be requested to con- 
sider the propriety of inserting the words, "the Methodist Episcopal 
Church, South," and also the words "Wesleyan Methodist Connec- 
tion of America," in sec. 12 on Reception of Preachers. 

Resolved, 2. That the Committee on Revisals be requested to 
consider the propriety of striking out of sec. 12, quest. 2, and its 
answer. (See pp. 83, 81.) 



Missouri and 
Arkansas. 



lleception of 
Preachers from 
other Chris- 
tian Churches. 



Nathan Shumate presented a plan for Lay Delega- 
tion, and it was referred to the Committee on that 
subject. 

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May 18. 

Fourteenth 
Day. 

Newark. 



Restoration of 
Credentials of 
Ordination. 



NEWARK CONFERENCE. 

On motion of John S. Porter, the following resolu- 
tion was referred to the Committee on Revisals, 
namely : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be directed to inquire 
into the expediency of so amending the Discipline, page 129, on the 
Restoration of Credentials of Ordination, as to make it read, " shall 
restore them, or on failing to do so, where an Annual Conference 
has recommended it, shall present charges against him, and in case 
such charges are not sustained upon due investigation, the Confer- 
ence having in custody such credentials shall restore them without 
further proceedings." 

J. T. Crane offered the following resolutions, and 
they were referred to the Committee on Revisals, 
namely : 



Newark 
Mission 



City Resolved, 1. That the Committee on Revisals be instructed to inquire 
into the expediency of so amending the third ans. to quest. 3, sec. 13, 
Part II, page 86, of the Discipline, as to make it lawful for the 
Bishop presiding at the session of the Newark Annual Conference 
to appoint a preacher to labor in the Newark City Mission for a 
longer period than three years. 
District Stew- Resolved, 2. That the Committee on Revisals be instructed to in- 
ards to choose quire into the expediency of so amending Part VI, sec. 2, page 252, 
of the Discipline, as to permit the District Stewards' Meeting to 



their 
chairman. 



choose their own chairman. 



New Hamp- 
shire. 



Election of 
Trustees. 



NEW HAMPSHIRE CONFERENCE. 

On motion of L. D. Barrows, the following resolu- 
tion was referred to the Committee on Revisals, 
namely : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be requested to inquire 
if the Discipline, Part II, chap, i, page 58, should not be so amended 
as to read after, " is there a report of the Trustees of the Church 
property," " Who shall be Trustees the ensuing year ? " no mention 
now being made in this chapter of the Discipline on Quarterly 
Conference of the election of Trustees as any part of Quarterly 
Conference business. 



New York. 



NEW YORK CONFERENCE. 



Public 
tions. 



On motion of R. S. Foster, the following resolution 
was referred to the Committee on Benevolent Collec- 
tions, namely : 

collec- Resolved, That the Committee on Public Collections be instructed 
to inquire into the practicability of arranging the stated collections 
under four calls, namely : 



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195 



1. The Bible, Sunday-School, and Tract under one call, three 
sixths of the whole amount going to the Bible cause, two sixths of 
the remaining half going to the Sunday-School cause, the remaining 
one sixth to the Tract cause. 

2. Church Extension and Freednien under one call, the donors 
designating the amount to each. 

3. The Missionary (and in case the Episcopal Board should be in 
part or in whole supported by direct contributions from the Churches) 
the Fund for Support of the Bishops in the same can- 
't. What is known as the Fifth Collection. 



May 18. 

Fourteenth 
Day. 



On motion of J. B. Wakeley, the following resolution 
was referred to the Committee on Revisals, namely : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be instructed to inquire 
into the expediency of amending the Discipline by striking out the 
words, "and approved by the Quarterly Conference," in Part II, 
sec. 3, page 53. 



On further motion of J. B. Wakeley, the following 
preamble and resolution were adopted, namely : 

Wliereas, There are several officers to be elected by this General Election of Gen- 
Conference for the next four years ; and ^ officers 

Wliereas, Such election is important business, in which the whole j™ ballot. 
Church is deeply interested ; therefore 

Resolved, That we are opposed to the election of any officers of 
this General Conference by acclamation, but all of them shall be elect- 
ed by ballot. 

On motion of W. H. Ferris, the following preamble 
and resolution were referred to the Committee on 
Revisals : 



Whereas, In the older sections of our work, the quarterly visits 
of a Presiding Elder are not always demanded by the necessities of 
the Churches; and 

Whereas, An enlargement of Presiding Elders' districts is deemed 
advisable by many, thus lessening the expenses of the Churches and 
securing a better support of the office, and also releasing a part of 
the men now employed on districts for the pastoral work; therefore 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be requested to inquire 
into the propriety of so altering the Discipline respecting the duties 
of Presiding Elders (page 91, Discipline) as to allow of semi-annual 
instead of Quarterly Conferences, wherever recommended by an 
Annual Conference. 



Semi-annual in- 
stead of Quar- 
terly Confer- 
ences. 



NEW YORK EAST CONFERENCE. 



New Toek 
East. 



Daniel Curry presented a plan for Lay Delegation, Lay Delegation. 
and it was referred to the Committee on that subject. 



NORTH OHIO CONFERENCE. 

On motion of "W. D. Godmau, the following resolu- 
tion was referred to the Committee on Revisals : 



Nokth Ohio. 



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[ISC?. 



May 18. 

Fourteenth 
Day. 

Church music. 



Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be and they are hereby 
requested to consider the propriety of inserting in the Discipline, 
Part II, chap, iii, sec. 2, the following paragraph : 

"6. In any Circuit or Station, the Trustees holding in trust the 
church edifice and its furniture, shall, with the advice and co-opera- 
tion of the Pastor, have power to make the needful arrangements 
for music in public worship." 



.Od motion of J. F. Kennedy, the following resolu- 
tion was referred to the Committee on Revisals : 

Superannuated Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be requested to inquire 
preachers. j n ^ ^j ie expediency of expunging from the Discipline all that relates 

to Superannuated Preachers. (Part II, chap, ii, sec. 23; Part III, 
chap, i, item 1 ; Part VI, chap, i, sec. 4.) 



Ohio. 



The election 
May 26. 



OHIO CONFERENCE. 

B. N. Spahr offered a resolution providing for the 
election of General Conference officers on Friday next, 
when, on motion of W. H. Ferris, it was amended by 
striking out Friday next, and inserting Tuesday morn- 
ing at ten o'clock, May 26, and the resolution was 
adopted as follows : 

Resolved, That the order of the day for Tuesday morning at ten 
o'clock, May 26, be the election of officers to be chosen by this 
General Conference. 



Philadelphia. 



g notes or 
reading: ser- 
mons in the 
pulpit. 



Reception 
of preachers 
from other 
Churches. 



PHILADELPHIA CONFERENCE. 

On motion of G. D. Carrow, the following resolution 
was referred to the Committee on Revisals : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be and is hereby in- 
structed to insert immediately after the question, page 82 of the 
Discipline, "Will you endeavor not to speak too long or too loud?" 
the following: " Trill you study to refrain from the use of notes in 
the pulpit, and especially from the reading of sermons ?" 

J. Castle submitted a resolution, proposing an 
amended section in the Discipline respecting the 
reception of preachers from the Wesleyan Connection, 
and from other Christian Churches, and it was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Revisals. 



Troy , troy conference. 

On motion of E. Wentworth, the following resolu- 
tion was referred to the Committee on Missions : 

Foreign and Resolved, That the Committee on Missions be instructed to take 
Domestic Mis- ; n t consideration and report upon the expediency of separating the 
eties" 7 S0C1 " foreign department of the Society from the domestic, and also the 



1868.] Journal of the General Conference. 197 

propriety of locating the foreign office and secretary in the city of May 18. 
New York, and the domestic in one of the cities of the West — Cin- Fourteenth 
cinnati, Chicago, or St. Louis. Dat - 

UPPER IOWA CONFERENCE. Upper Iowa. 

On motion of Henry W. Reed, the following resolu- 
tion was adopted : 

Resolved, That hereafter the notices be given immediately after Time for giving 
the reading of the Journal. notices. 

WASHINGTON CONFERENCE. Washington. 

On motion of Benjamin Brown, the following reso- 
lution was referred to the Committee on Boundaries : 

Whereas, The Washington Conference have been very successful 
during four years ; therefore 

Resolved, That the Committee on Boundaries will consider the Boundaries, 
propriety of her continuing in her present formation. 

WEST WISCONSIN CONFERENCE. We8t Wiscon- 



sin. 



A. Brunson submitted a paper proposing new Arti- 
cles of Religion distinctive of our Church, and it was 
referred to the Committee on Revisals. 

WYOMING CONFERENCE. Wyojong. 

On motion of R. Nelson, the following resolution 
was referred to the Committee on Itinerancy : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Itinerancy be requested to con- Time of hoi ding 

sider and report on the subject of a change in the time of the meet- ^ e General 
ing of the General Conference to the first day of October, 1871, and 
on the first day of October of every fourth year thereafter. 

On motion of T. H. Pearne, copies of letters signed Waidro's Let- 
S. F. Waldro, purporting to be written by a Method- 
ist of Chicago, and published in some of the Southern 
papers, and all matters relating to them, were referred 
to the Special Committee on the memorial from the 
Holston Conference of the Methodist Episcopal 
Church, South. 

The Standing Committees were called in order, and 
reports were presented and disposed of as follows : 

COMMITTEE ON EPISCOPACY. 
J. M. Trimble, Chairman of the Committee on Committee on 

-r> -XT t Episcopacy. 

Episcopacy, presented Report No. I, and the report, 



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May 18. including the following resolution, was adopted, 
Forays™ namely: 

Wilson F. Ball, Resolved, That we approve of the ruling of the presiding Bishop 

of Black Eiver in the case of Wilson F. Ball, of the Black River Conference. 
Conference. 

[For Report as adopted, see Appendix D, I.] . 
He also presented Report No. II from the same 
Committee, which was adopted, as follows : 






Bishop Scott 



Church Exten- 
sion. 



American and 
Foreign Chris- 
tian Union. 



The case of complaint against the official acts of Bishop Scott at 
the session of the Philadelphia Conference in 1867 having been con- 
sidered, your committee find no cause of complaint against the ad- 
ministration. 

[For Report, see Appendix D, II.] 

CHURCH EXTENSION". 

J. M. Reid, Chairman of the Committee on Church 
Extension, submitted Report N"o. II from that Com- 
mittee, and it was laid on the table, and ordered to be 
printed. 

The Special Committees were called. 

J. P. Durbin, Chairman of the Committee on the 
American and Foreign Christian Union, presented a 
report, including the following resolution, which was 
adopted : 

Resolved, That we look favorably upon the objects of the Amer- 
ican and Foreign Christian Union, and we are gratified to have our 
people give it of their funds so far as, in their judgment, it shall be 
consistent with their local and other Church interests. 



H. D. Fisher, 
of Kansas ad- 
mitted to a 
seat 



Laymen's 
Address. 



Ad- 



On motion, the order of the day, to wit, the recep- 
tion of a Committee from the Laymen's Convention, 



up, 



and the time of the session was ex- 



was taken 
tended. 

D. P. Mitchell, as a matter of privilege, asked that 
H. D. Fisher, a reserve Delegate from the Kansas 
Conference, be admitted to a seat in this body, in the 
place of TV. R. Davis, who is absent, and that he be 
assigned to the several Committees in his stead, and, 
on motion, it was so ordered. 

The Committee on Laymen then came upon the plat- 
form, and were introduced to the Conference by the 
President. They presented an address, which was read 
and ordered to be printed. [For Address, see Appen- 
dix V, I.] 






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On motion of E. O. Haven, the following resolution May is. 

Was adopted, namely : Fourteenth 

Resolved, That the thanks of this General Conference be respect- 
fully tendered to the Laymen's Convention for their communication, 
and that it be referred to the Committee on Lay Representation. 

G. Haven presented a telegram from the General Telegram from 

r^ , . . A. M. E. Zion 

Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. 
Church, now sitting in Washington city, inquiring 
whether a deputation from that body bearing proposals 
for fraternization and union, would be received by the 
General Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church. 
Whereupon, on motion of D. Curry, the following pre- 
amble and resolutions were adopted, namely : 

Whereas, A telegram has been received from a Committee of the Action concern- 
General Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion ^S A - M - E - 
Church, asking if a delegation from that Church, with proposals on urc 
of affiliation and union, will be received by this body ; therefore, 

Resolved, 1. That we will cordially welcome a delegation from the 
General Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion 
Church for consultation and ultimate union of that Church with 
our own. 

Resolved, 2. That the Secretary be directed to so inform, by tel- 
egraph, the General Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal 
Zion Churh, now in session at Washington, D. C. 

On motion, Conference adjourned. The Doxology 
was sung ; after which the Benediction was pronounced 
by A. S. Graves, of the Oneida Conference. 



TUESDAY MORNING, MAY 19. ^ p a J E ^ 

Day. 

Conference met this morning, Bishop Thomson in 
the chair. 

The religious services were conducted by W. H. 
Goode, of the North Indiana Conference. 

The Journal of yesterday was read and ajjproved. 

A telegram was received from W. F. Butler, Secretary African m. e. 
of the General Conference of the African Methodist fe'cond^'teie 1 - 
Episcopal Zion Church, in answer to the one sent yester- gram " 
day by order of this body, stating that the Rev. S. T. 
Jones will leave Washington on Wednesday as a del- 
egate to this General Conference, in the interest of 
affiliation and union with the Methodist Episcopal 
Church. 



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May 19. 

Fifteenth. 
Day. 
African M. E. 
Church. 



F. G. Hibbard, 
Chairman of 
the Committe 
of Correspond- 
ence. 



Metropolitan 
Church. 



John-street 
Church. 



Leave of ab- 
sence granted 
to A. Martin. 



W. E. Davis re- 
admitted. 



A telegram was also received from Bishop Payne, 
Chairman, and B. F. Tanner, Secretary of the General 
Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, 
giving information that a Committee from that body, 
bearing proposals of affiliation and union, would be 
sent to this General Conference. 

On motion of A. M. Osbon, a committee of recep- 
tion, to consist of seven members of this body, was 
ordered, to receive and introduce the aforesaid del- 
egations from Washington.' 

On motion of Dr. Curry, the Secretary was directed 
to inform the General Conference of the African Meth- 
odist Episcopal Church that their deputation will be 
cordially received. 

Bishop Clark announced the appointment of F. G. 
Hibbard, Chairman of the Committee of Correspond- 
ence, in place of A. Martin, excused. 

Bishop Clark announced the following Committees, 
namely : 

On the Metropolitan Church : J. P. Durbin, J. Pike, 
T. M. Eddy, J. M. Trimble, T. Carlton. 

On John-street Church : J. M'Clintock, J. S. Porter, 
H. F. Pease, R. Nelson, E. H. Stokes. 

On motion of B. 1ST. Spahr, H. R. Clarke was added 
to the Special Committee on Benevolent Collections. 

On motion of A. J. Lyda, Alexander Martin, of the 
West Virginia Conference, had leave of absence for 
the remainder of the session on account of serious 
sickness in his family. 

W. R. Davis, of the Kansas Conference, was present 
and resumed his seat as a member, and was reassigned 
to the several Standing Committees, as at their organ- 
ization. 

The roll of Conferences was called for the presenta- 
tion of petitions, memorials, and appeals, and they 
were presented and disposed of as follows, namely : 



Black River. 



Lay Represen- 
tation. 



BLACK RIVER CONFERENCE. 

A. J. Phelps presented a petition in favor of Lay 
Representation, signed by George Baker and fourteen 
others, and it was referred to the Committee on Lay 
Representation. 



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I. S. Bingham presented a printed document signed 
by the CorresjDonding Secretaries of the American 
Bible Society, and it was referred to the Committee 
on the American Bible Society. 



IVEay 19. 

fifteenth 
Day. 



CENTRAL ILLINOIS CONFERENCE. 



Central 
Illinois. 



W. H. Hunter presented a petition for Lay Delega- Lay Delegation, 
tion, signed by D. H. Williams and seven others, and 
it was referred to the Committee on that subject; 
also, the memorial of J. G. Evans and five others, on 
the Presiding Eldership, and it was referred to the Presiding ei- 

° 1 dersnip. 

Committee on Itinerancy. 

B. F. Rawlins, as a matter of privilege, offered the 
following resolution, namely : 

Resolved. That a committee be appointed to station monitors in Monitors to 
the aisles and galleries to suppress whispering and talking and to keep order, 
keep the aisles clear. • 

After some discussion, on motion of Henry Slicer, 
the resolution was laid on the table by a count vote of 
seventy-six to sixty-three. 



CENTRAL OHIO CONFERENCE. 

W. L. Harris presented a memorial signed by Rev. 
Robert M'Murdy, D.D.,LL.D., Presbyter of the Diocese 
of New Jersey, and Rector of St. Barnabas Church, 
Newark, New Jersey, and by eight other clergymen 
of the Protestant Episcopal Church of that city, pray- 
ing this General Conference to appoint a Commission 
of Bishops and Clergy, to meet a similar Commission 
to be appointed by the General Convention of their 
Church, with reference to a union of the two Churches 
in one communion. 

On motion of J. T. Peck, the memorial, and all sim- 
ilar papers heretofore presented to this body, were 
referred to a special Committee of five. 



Centeal Ohio. 

Memorial from 
ministers of 
the Protestant 
Episc. Church. 



CINCINNATI CONFERENCE. Cincinnati. 

A. Lowry presented a petition on Boundaries, Boundaries, 
signed by W. N. Williams and two others, and it was 
referred to the Committee on that subject. 



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May 19. 

Fifteenth 
Day. 

East Genesee. 

Lay Delegation. 



EAST GENESEE CONFERENCE. 

K. P. Jervis presented the petition of W. F. Allen 
and nineteen others for Lay Delegation, and it was 
appropriately referred. 



Eme - ERIE CONFERENCE. 

Boundaries. R. H. Hurlburt presented a memorial on Boundaries, 

signed by David Eason and eighteen others, and it 
was referred to the Committee on Boundaries. 



Holston. 



Education. 



Illinois, 

Lay Represen- 
tation. 



Iowa. 

Lay Represen- 
tation. 



HOLSTON CONFERENCE. 

T. H. Pearne presented a memorial from Rev.. L. F. 
Drake, and it was referred to the Committee on Edu- 
cation. 

ILLINOIS CONFERENCE. 

• 

James Leaton presented a memorial in favor of Lay 
Representation, signed by S. R. Harshman and thirteen 
others, and it was referred to the Committee on Lay 
Representation. 

IOWA CONFERENCE. 



E. H. Waring presented the petition of F. "Ward and 
thirteen others for Lay Representation, and it was 
appropriately referred. 
s.B.Guiberson. J. H. Power presented the memorial of S. B. Guiber- 
son, who complains that he was expelled by a Quar- 
terly Conference having no jurisdiction of the case, 
and it was referred to a special Committee of five. 



Kansas. KANSAS CONFERENCE. 

W. R. Davis presented a memorial from L. Arm- 
strong and ten others, and it was referred to the Com- 
mittee on Revisals. 



Michigan. 

Lay Represen- 
tation. 



MICHIGAN CONFERENCE. 

I. Coggshall presented the petition of H. Hodges 
and twenty others for Lay Delegation, and it was 
referred to the Committee on that subject. 



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JMay 19. 

MINNESOTA CONFERENCE. Fifteenth 

Day. 

J. F. Chaffee presented the memorial of Rev. G. R. MK ™ OTi - 

t-»i -i t-» /~i -»r • Presiding El- 

.ralrner and Rev. George Montgomery, concerning the dersnip. 
Presiding Eldership, and it was referred to the Com- 
mittee on Itinerancy. 



NEW JERSEY CONFERENCE. New Jebset. 

E. H. Stokes presented the petition of Rev. C. H. Choir Leaders. 
Whitecar and Trustees of Third-street Church, Cam- 
den, N. J., on change in the mode of appointing Lead- 
ers for Choirs, and it was referred to the Committee on 
Revisals. 

NEW YORK CONFERENCE. New York. 

R. S. Foster presented a petition for Lay Delegation Lay Delegation. 
from Bgekman Hill, N. Y., signed by twenty-four 
petitioners, and it was referred to the Committee on 
Lay Representation. 

NORTH INDIANA CONFERENCE. N ° E t TH Indi " 

ANA. 

M. Mahin presented three memorials on the subject Boundaries. 
of Boundaries, signed by D. B. Crawford, J. Alexan- 
der, L. Abbott, and seventy-four others, and they were 
referred to the Committee on Boundaries. 

NORTH OHIO CONFERENCE. North Ohio. 

W. D. Godman presented a petition for Lay Dele- Lay Delegation, 
gation, signed by Horace Benton and forty-nine oth- 
ers, and it was referred to the Committee on that 
subject. 

A. Wheeler presented four petitions on Lay Delega- 
tion, signed by John Ward, J. H. Woolley, and fifty- 
eight others, and also the action of the Wellington 
Quarterly Conference on the same subject, and they 
were referred to the Committee on Lay Delegation. 



NORTHWESTERN GERMAN CONFERENCE. Northwestern 

German. 



F. Schuler presented a petition on the subject of Lay LayDeiegat 
Delegation, signed by H. H. Klaus and eight others, 



ion. 



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[1868. 



May lO. 

Fifteenth 
Day. 
German-speak- 
ing Bishop. 



Nokthwkst 
Indiana. 

Lay Represen- 
tation. 



and it was referred to the Committee on that subject. 
He also presented a memorial from Rev. C. A. Loeber 
and twenty-three other ministers, in relation to the 
election of a Bishop who can speak the German lan- 
guage, and it was referred to the Committee on the 
Episcopacy. 

NORTHWEST INDIANA CONFERENCE. 

J. L. Smith presented three petitions on the subject 
of Lay Representation, signed by Levi Ritter, J. H. 
Ross, E. S. Organ, and sixty others, and they were 
referred to the Committee on that subject. 



Omo. 

Lay Delegation. 



OHIO CONFERENCE. 

J. Dillon presented a remonstrance against Lay Del- 
egation from the Ministerial Association of Portsmouth 
District, of Ohio Annual Conference, and it was re- 
ferred to the appropriate Committee. 



Oneida. ONEIDA CONFERENCE. 

Boundaries. W. H. Olin presented a petition on the subject of 

Boundaries from New York Mills, signed by Samuel 
Hollenback and thirteen others, and it was referred to 
the Committee on Boundaries. 



Pittsburgh. 

Local Preach- 
ers'' Associa- 
tion. 



PITTSBURGH CONFERENCE. 

S. H. Nesbit submitted the Address of the Depu- 
tation of the National Local Preachers' Association, 
and it was referred to the Committee on the organiza- 
tion of Local Preachers, with instruction to frame a 
reply. [For Address, see Appendix S, I.] 



PROVIDENCE. 



PROVIDENCE CONFERENCE. 
Lay Delegation. S. C. Brown presented a petition from North Easton 
Village on Lay Delegation, signed by Reuben Header 
and six others, and it was referred to the Committee. 



Southeastern SOUTHEASTERN INDIANA CONFERENCE. 

Indiana. 

Biennial ses- J. W. Locke presented a petition in favor of bien- 
rai conference nial sessions of the General Conference, signed by 
Thos. G. Beharell and three others, and it was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Revisals. 



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Journal of the General Conference. 



VERMONT CONFERENCE. 



205 

HYEay 19. 

Fifteenth 

DAT. 

Vermont. 



I. Luce presented two petitions on Boundaries, one 
from St. Albans, signed by H. R. Cobb and nine oth- Boundaries 
ers ; the other from Hardwick, signed by Rev. D. 
Lewis and thirty others, and they were referred to the 
Committee on Boundaries. 



WISCONSIN CONFERENCE. 



Wisconsin. 



C. D. Pillsbury presented a petition from Monticello Boundaries. 
Charge on Boundaries, signed by twelve official 
members, and it was referred to the Committee on 
that subject. 



WYOMING CONFERENCE. 



Wyoming. 



George Peck presented a petition from Plymouth Lay Delegation. 
Charge in favor of Lay Delegation, signed by E. C. 
Wadhams and nineteen others, and it was referred to 
the Committee on Lay Delegation. 

The roll of Conferences was called for the presenta- 
tion of miscellaneous business, and it was introduced 
and disposed of as follows : 



ALABAMA CONFERENCE. 

John TV. Talley submitted the following resolu- 
tions, namely : 

Resolved, 1. That the precedent established by this General Con- 
ference in the organization of the Washington and Delaware Con- 
ferences, and their admission to representation in this body, be 
henceforth regarded as the authorization for the organization of 
similar Annual Conferences and of their representation in the Gen- 
eral Conference. 

Resolved, 2. That in places where it may be impracticable to 
organize Annual Conferences on the basis above-mentioned, the 
organizations of the Churches shall be under the direction of such 
Annual Conferences as may embrace the territory in which such 
places are included, by a two-thirds vote. 



Alabama. 



Colored Confer- 
ences. 



J. M. Reid moved their reference to the Committee 
on Itinerancy. 

T. H. Pearne moved as a substitute, that they be 
referred to the Committee on Boundaries ; the substi- 
tute was adopted, and the resolutions were referred to 
the Committee on Boundaries. 



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May io. On motion of I. C. Pershing, the regular call was 
Fifteenth suspended for the purpose of taking up the special 
order of the day, namely : the reception of the dele- 
gates from the Evangelical Association. 

B. F. Crary, by common consent, presented report 
No. I from the Committee on Revisals, which was 
ordered to be printed, 
cieweii ' and "W. Nast presented to the Chair Revs. T. G. Clewell 
gat^fromthe and R- Dubs, delegates from the Evangelical Associ- 
Alswfation! ation, who were introduced by the President to the 
Conference ; and after the reading of the address by 
the Secretary, Rev. T. G. Clewell addressed the Con- 
ference, who was followed by his associate, Rev. R. 
, Dubs. [For Addresses, §w Appendix B, XXIII, XXI V, 
XXV.] 

On motion, the time of the morning session was 
extended. 

S. H. Nesbit presented the following resolutions, 
which were read and adopted, namely : 

Resolved, 1. That we have heard with pleasure the able and 
eloquent addresses of Revs. A. Clewell and R. Dubs, representatives 
of the Conference of the Evangelical Association to this General 
Conference. 

Resolved, 2. That their addresses and the papers presented by them 
be referred to a special committee of five, to be appointed by the 
Chair, and to consider the fitness of a closer union between the two 
Churches. 

African M. E. The Chair announced the Committee to receive the 
delegations from the African Methodist Episcopal Zion 
Conference, and the African Methodist Episcopal Con- 
ference, to be as follows, namely: A. M. Osbon, A. 
Lowry, G. W. Maltby, E. A. Helmershausen, C. S. Van- 
cleve, W. G. Miller, and W. Graham. 

On motion, the Conference adjourned. 

The Doxology was sung, after which the Benedic- 
tion was pronounced by J. H. Power, of the Iowa 
Conference. 

M ay so. WEDNESDAY MORNING, MAY 20. 

Sixteenth 

Conference met this morning, Bishop Kingsley in 
the chair. 

The religious services were conducted by F. A. 
Blades, of the Detroit Conference. 



Day. 



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The Journal of yesterday was read and approved. May 20. 

On motion of J. T. Peck, the Committee on Itin- sixteenth 
erancy was granted leave of temporary absence from 
the Conference session. 

On motion, the call of Conferences for the introduc- 
tion of miscellaneous business was resumed, and it was 
presented and disposed of as follows: 



BLACK RIVER CONFERENCE. Black Eiveb. 

I. S. Bingham offered a preamble and resolutions 
condemnatory of the use of tobacco, and they were Tobacco. 
referred to the Special Committee on that subject. 

CENTRAL GERMAN CONFERENCE. Central Ger- 

man. 



Catechism in 
German. 



J. Krehbiel introduced a preamble and resolution 
relating to the publication of a new Catechism in the 
German language, and they were referred to the Com- 
mittee on the Book Concern. 

DELAWARE CONFERENCE. Delaware. 

James Davis offered a resolution asking such a mod- Members of 

Quarterly Con- 

ification of the Discipline as will allow members of the ference on 

n 1 sh * 1 r> /-. Church trials. 

Quarterly Conference to act as members of a Com- 
mittee for Church trials, and it was referred to the 
Committee on Revisals. 



DETROIT CONFERENCE. Detroit. 

George B. Jocelyn offered a resolution respectino; Election of 

?.„-.. , . Stewards. 

the mode of nominating and electing Stewards, which 
was referred to the Committee on Revisals. 

EAST GENESEE CONFERENCE. East Genesee. 

On motion of J. M. Reid, the following resolution 
was adopted, namely : 

Resolved, That a committee of five be appointed to consider and Fraternal greet- 
report some plan by which the fraternal greetings of corresponding '"S 8 - 
religious bodies may hereafter be more satisfactorily received by the 
General Conference, and with greater economy of the time indispen- 
sable for business. 

K. P. Jervis offered the following resolution, namely : 



208 Journal of the General Conference. [1868. 

May QO. Resolved, That the Rule No. 12 be amended by changing the 
Sixteenth word fifteen to five, and inserting after the word "have" the words 
Day. " granted by two thirds." 

On motion of H. P. Torsey, the resolution was laid 
on the table by a vote of one hundred and thirteen in 
the affirmative, the negative not counted. 
Mr. Punshon At this stage of the proceedings, at the suggestion 

speaks on 

Church Exten- of J. M. Keid and in pursuance of the wishes of the 
Conference, Rev. Mr. Punshon made a short address 
relating particularly to the operations of the Chapel 
Fund Commission of the British Conference. 



Ekie. ERIE CONFERENCE. 



sion. 



Reading sor- John Peate offered a resolution in relation to the 
practice of reading sermons in the pulpit, and it was 
referred to the Committee on Revisals. 

Illinois. ILLINOIS CONFERENCE. 

Conferencereia- J. H. Moore presented a paper, signed by the Illinois 
ingtonf 3 ' 00 ™" Delegation, in relation to the Conference relations of 
the Pastoral Charges in Bloomington, Illinois, and it 
was referred to the Committee on Boundaries. 

Maine. MAINE CONFERENCE. 

Literary insti- H. P. Torsey presented two resolutions: one request- 

tutions. . . , . , fl . , . . 

ing Academies and Seminaries to give more attention 
to normal instruction, and the other inquiring whether 
the Disciplinary instruction respecting the increase of 
our Academies, Seminaries, and Colleges has been 
properly observed, and they were referred to the Com- 
mittee on Education. 

Michigan. MICHIGAN CONFERENCE. 

M. A. Daugherty presented a preamble and resolu- 
Consoiidation of tion relating to the consolidation of the Missionary 
OhurchExten- Society, the Church Extension Society, and the Freed- 
Freedmen's" 1 men's Aid Society into one organization under the 
Aid societies. general uame G f the Missionary Society of the Method- 
ist Episcopal Church, and they were referred to the 
Committees on Missions, Church Extension, and Freed- 
men jointly and severally. 



1868.] Journal of the General Conference. 209 

May SO. 

MISSISSIPPI CONFERENCE. ^"vT^™ 

J. P. Newman offered a resolution respecting the Mississippi. 

publication of an edition of the Discipline and of the Hymn Book 

tt -r. i • i -i • n -i i and Discipline 

Hymn book in large type, and it was referred to the in large type. 
Commiteee on the Book Concern. 



NEW ENGLAND CONFERENCE. New England 

William Butler submitted a resolution providing Missionary ap- 
that a preacher in an Annual Conference, when called r ° r c 
on to report his Missionary Collection, shall also 
announce the sum apportioned to his Charge for 
collection, and it was referred to the Committee on 
Missions. 

G. Haven offered a series of resolutions proposing to Church papers 

. ,, «, , , , -,. . «-r» -i controlled by 

place the Church papers under the direction of Boards Trustees, 
of Trustees, with power to appoint editors, and other- 
wise control the interests of the said papers, and the 
resolutions were, on motion, referred to the Committee 
on the Book Concern. He also submitted a preamble 
and resolutions relating to the establishment of a daily Daily Religious 

t • i -i i ,. ■, Journal. 

religious journal, and they were referred to the same 
Committee. 

L. R. Thayer offered a resolution respecting the Mission House 

"',„... -i • ,. and new Book 

importance of furnishing ampler accommodation for Booms, 
the Publishing, Missionary, and other interests in 
New York ; and it was referred to the Committees on 
Missions and on the Book Concern jointly. 

D. Sherman submitted a resolution proposing a Presiding ei- 
change of Discipline so as to allow a Presiding Elder office. term ° f 
to serve on the same District for any term not exceed- 
ing six years, and it was referred to the Committee on 
Revisals. 

NEW YORK CONFERENCE. New Yoke. 

"William Goss offered a resolution relating to the Church Eec- 

ords 

appointment of a Committee of the Quarterly Con- 
ference to examine the Church Records, and to report 
to the fourth Quarterly Conference of the year whether 
they are properly kept ; and it was referred to the 
Committee on Revisals. 

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[1868. 



May 20. 

Sixteenth 
Das-. 

New Tobk 
East. 



NEW YORK EAST CONFERENCE. 

George Taylor presented a preamble and resolution 
in reference to the employment of Preachers, members 
of Annual Conferences, in teaching the common 
branches of education, and they were referred to the 
Committee on Itinerancy. 



Oneida. 



Book Agents 
ordered to re- 
port payments 
on salaries and 
expenses for 
the last four 
years. 



ONEIDA CONFERENCE. 

B. I. Ives submitted the following resolution, and it 
was adopted, namely : 

Resolved, That the Book Agents be directed to report to this 
body what sums have been paid during the past four years to the 
Bishops and General Conference officers severally for salary and 
other expenses. 



Philadelphia. 



Certificates of 
elections to the 
next General 
Conference to 
be sent to the 
Secretary of 
this General 
Conference. 



PHILADELPHIA CONFERENCE. 

R. H. Pattison presented the following resolution, 
and it was adopted, namely : 

Resolved, That the Secretaries of the several Annual Conferences 
be instructed to forward to the Secretary of this General Confer- 
ence a certified copy of the election of Delegates and Reserves to the 
next General Conference, in the order of their election, as soon after 
the election as practicable, so that a roll of members and reserves 
may be prepared for the opening of the next General Conference. 



Rook Eivee. 



ROCK RIVER CONFERENCE. 



Delegates to j^ Hitchcock presented a resolution in reference to 

Corresponding r 

Bodies. ^he election of Delegates to Corresponding Bodies, and 

it was referred to the Committee on Correspondence. 



Texas. 



TEXAS CONFERENCE. 



Committee Joseph Welch offered a preamble and resolution re- 

ence on Union spec-ting the appointment of a Committee of Correspond- 
Bodies 6 ° lB ence on the Union of the Methodist Bodies in the 
United States, and it was referred to the Special Com- 
mittee appointed on the communication from Protest- 
ant Episcopal Ministers of Newark, N. J. 



Teot. 



TROY CONFERENCE. 

E. Wentworth offered the considerations and resolu- 
tions adopted by the Troy Conference at its last ses- 



1SG8.] Journal of the General Conference. 211 

sion in reference to the necessity of furnishing the nsiay ^o. 
parsonages of our circuits and stations with libraries, "day. 
and they were referred to the Committee on the Book Parsonage 

J Libraries. 

Concern. 

D. P. Hulburd offered a resolution respecting the Spirituous 
change of the General Rule on the use and traffic in 
spirituous liquors, which was referred to the Commit- 
tee on Revisals. 



VIRGINIA AND NORTH CAROLINA CONFERENCE. Virginia and 

North Caro- 
lina. 

J. S. Mitchell offered a preamble and resolution House of wor- 
in reference to the purchase or erection of a suit- m0 n<t a 
able house of worship in Richmond, Va., and they 
were referred to the Committee on Church Extension. 

WEST VIRGINIA CONFERENCE. WpsT Vm * 

GINIA. 

A. J. Lyda offered a resolution that all Delegates to 
Corresponding Bodies be chosen by ballot, which was 
on motion referred to the Committee on Correspond- 
ence. 

Bishop Janes presented a communication from P. Temperance. 
Coombe, of Philadelphia, on the subject of Temper- 
ance, and it was on motion referred to the Committee 
on that subject. 

Bishop Clark announced the following Special Com- s P e .cj al Com- 
mittees, namely : 

On Memorial of Episcopal Clergymen: J. M'Clin- 
tock, J. W. Lindsay, H. P. Torsey, H. Bannister, and 
S. C. Brown. 

On the Case of S. B. Guiberson: B. Pilsbuvy, J. B. 
Corrington, J. E. Bowen, A. H. Ferguson, and F. B. 
Bangs. 

On the Address of the Evangelical Association : S. 
H. Nesbit, R. Haney, A. J. Kynett. L. P. French, and 
W. R. Brown. 

On Fraternal Greetings of Corresponding Religious 
Bodies: J. M. Reid, G. B. Jocelyn, W. Butler, G. D. 
Car row, and C. Brooks. 

J. M. Trimble, Chairman of the Committee on Epis- Episcopacy. 
copacy, presented Reports Nos. Ill, IV, and V, relating 
respectively to the election of Missionary Bishops, the 



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[1868. 



May 20. election of Bishops, and the formal decision of questions 
' Ix j^ TH of law presented on fictitious cases, and they were 



Ushers. 



laid on the table and ordered to be printed. 

A motion was made to appoint three ushers to assist 
in preserving order, which was laid on the table for 
the j:> resent. 
Delegations Bishop Janes announced that the Delegates from the 

from England TTT , , ... . _- , _ - ~ .? , 

and Canada W esleyan bodies in England and Canada were about 
to leave the city. Rev. William Morley Punshon, A.M., 
and Rev. Edgerton Ryerson, D. D., LL.D., then ad- 
dressed a few parting words to the General Conference. 
After which J. M'Clintock offered the following resolu- 
tion, which was unanimously adopted by a rising vote, 
namely : 

Resolved, That the Conference testify its high appreciation of the 
services of the Rev. William Morley Punshon, A. M., Representative 
from the British Wesleyan Conference, and Rev. Edgerton Ryerson, 
D.D., LL.D., Representative from the Canada Wesleyan Methodist 
Conference, by a rising vote. 



Ushers. 



It. L. Dempsey 
granted leave 
of absence. 



Reports on 

Episcopal Dis- 
tricts. 



Book Concern. 
Nos. I and II. 



Missions. 
Nos. I. II, III, 
and IV. 



Beyieals. 

No. II. 



[For Addresses, see Appendix B, V, and B, XI.] 

The motion to appoint three ushers, which was tem- 
porarily laid on the table, was on motion taken up, and, 
on motion of F. A. Blades, the whole subject of ushers 
and order was referred to the Rock River Delegation. 

On motion of S. H. Nesbit, leave of absence during 
the remainder of the session was granted to D. L. 
Dempsey on account of sickness. 

On motion of J. T. Peck, the time of the morning 
session was extended. 

J. T. Peck, Chairman of the Committee on Itinerancy, 
ju - esented a majority report on Episcopal Districts, and 
A. Brunson a minority report on the same subject, and 
they were laid on the table and ordered to be printed. 

J. W. "Wiley, Chairman of the Committee on the 
Book Concern, presented reports Nos. I and II, and 
they were laid on the table and ordered to be printed. 

W. H. Goode, Chairman of the Committee on Mis- 
sions, presented reports Nos. I, II, III, and IV, and they 
were laid on the table and ordered to be printed. 

B. F. Crary, Chairman of the Committee on Revisals, 
presented report No. II, and it was under the rule laid 
on the table, and ordered to be printed. 



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Journal of the General Conference. 



213 



C. Hobart, from the same Committee, presented a May 20. 
minority report against the change of Discipline, page Sixteenth 
236, Part V, sec. 5, paragraph two, proposed by the Minority report 
majority, and it was laid on the table and ordered to 
be printed. 

L. D. Barrows, Chairman of the Committee on the 
State of the Church, presented Report No. I, and it 
was laid on the table and ordered to be printed. 

E- H. Waring, acting as secretary for the Court of 
Appeals, presented the following reports, namely : 



State of 
Church. 
No. I. 



the 



No. I. Richard P. Bell, & member of the "Washington Conference 
of colored members, was expelled from the ministry and member- 
ship of the Methodist Episcopal Church, by the action of said Con- 
ference, on a charge of fraud, from which action he appealed. The 
Committee, having inquired into the case of said Richard T. Bell, 
resolved that the decision of the Washington Conference in the case 
be reversed. 

No. II. S. D. Simonds, a member of the California Conference, 
was suspended from the ministry for one year by the action of said 
Conference, on charges of holding and disseminating doctrine contrary 
to our Articles of Religion^ and to the solemn vows of his ordina- 
tion, and of unchristian and unministerial conduct, from which action 
he appealed. The Committee, having inquired into the ease of said 
S. D. Simonds, resolved that the action of the California Conference 
in the case be reversed. 

No. III. J. 0. Fisher, a member of the Erie Annual Conference, 
was expelled from the Methodist Episcopal Church by the action of 
said Conference, on a charge of immoral conduct, embracing forgery 
and false statements, from which action he appealed. The Committee, 
having inquired into the case of said J. 0. Fisher, resolved, by a vote 
of seventeen ayes to four nays, that the judgment of the Erie Con- 
ference in the said case be sustained. 

No. IV. J. N. Davis, a member of the Baltimore Annual Confer- 
ence, was tried on a charge of immorality and censured by said 
Conference, from which action he appealed. The Committee, hav- 
ing inquired into the case of said J. N. Davis, resolved by a vote of 
nineteen to one, that the judgment of the Baltimore Conference in 
said case be affirmed. 

No. V. H. Pilbeam, a member of the Upper Iowa Conference, 
was tried on a charge of inefficiency and unacceptability, and located 
without his consent by said Conference, from which action he ap- 
pealed. The Committee, having examined into the case of said H. 
Pilbeam, resolved that, in view of the absence of the documents, 
the case be remanded for a new trial. 

No. VI. The appeal of J. H. W r aterbury, located by the same 
Conference, on similar charges, was inquired into by the Commit- 
tee, and for the same reason remanded for a new trial. 



Appeal of R. P. 
Bell. 



Appeal of S. D. 
Simonds. 



Appeal of J. 0. 
Fisher. 



Appeal of J. N. 
Davis. 



Appeal of H. 
Pilbeam. 



Appeal of J. H. 
Water bury. 



On motion, the Conference adjourned. The Doxology 
was sung, after which the Benediction was pronounced 
by A. Wood, of the Northwest Indiana Conference. 



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[1868. 



HYEay (31. 
Seventeenth 

DAT. 



Union of Meth- 
odist bodies. 



Telegram 
ceived. 



Telegram 
swered. 



Committee of 
Laymen with 
an address. 



THURSDAY MORNING, MAY 21. 



morning, Bishop Janes in the 



Conference met this 
chair. 

The religious services were conducted by Henry- 
Bannister, of the Wisconsin Conference. 

The Journal of yesterday was read and approved. 

On motion of R. Nelson, the following resolution 
was adopted : 

Resolved, That the Committee appointed to meet the deputations 
from the Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, 
now in session in Washington, and also from the Conference of the 
African Methodist Episcopal Church, now in session in the same city, 
be instructed to receive, consider, and report upon, to this Confer- 
ence, any proposals from said bodies for union with the Methodist 
Episcopal Church. 

Bishop Janes presented a telegram from the Rev. 
B. F. Tanner, Secretary of the General Conference of 
the African Methodist Episcopal Church, desiring to 
know whether the telegram sent by order of this body 
on the 18th inst. was designed for the General Con- 
ference with which he is connected, or for the Zion 
Church, as both bodies claim the dispatch. 

On motion of D. Curry, the Secretary was instructed 
to answer by telegraph that the dispatch in question 
was sent to the African Methodist Episcopal Zion 
Church in answer to one received from that body; 
but that a deputation from the General Conference of 
the African Methodist Episcopal Church, sent for the 
same purpose as that of the African Methodist Epis- 
copal Zion Church, will be cordially received by this 
General Conference. 

A communication was received from George J. 
Hamilton, of New York, William Tucker, of West 
Troy, New York, John Shepharcl, Pittsburgh, Penn- 
sylvania, Samuel Hall, Richmond, Ohio, and J. W. 
Wanghop, Chicago, Illinois, requesting the opportu- 
nity, on behalf of a large number of laymen, to present 
a communication to the General Conference. Where- 
upon, on motion of T. M. Eddy, the reception of the 
communication was made the order of the clay for to- 
morrow mornino- at ten o'clock. 



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215 



The Secretary read a letter from the Rev. Dr. Dur- May 21, 
bin, asking to be excused from attendance on the Gen- d^. 
eral Conference, as he was called home by the very Dr. Durbin es- 

. cused. 

severe illness of his son. 

On motion of James Cunningham, he was granted s. w. Thomas 

° ° admitted. 

leave of absence, and Samuel W. Thomas, a reserve 
delegate of the Philadelphia Conference, was admitted 
to a seat in this body, and assigned to the several com- 
mittees in his stead. 

On motion of J. M. Trimble, the following resolu- 
tion was adopted unanimously by a rising vote, 
namely : 

Resolved, That we deeply sympathize with Dr. Durbin, who has Sympathy, 
been suddenly called home on account of the dangerous illness of 
his son, and pray God to restore the sick, and sustain his parents in 
their affliction. 



On motion of James Cunningham, Joseph Castle 
was appointed to serve on the Committee on Bound- 
aries during the temporary illness of "W. L. Gray. 

On motion of John Lanahan, William B. Edwards 
was appointed on the Committee on the Metropolitan 
Church, in place of J. P. Durbin, excused. 

The roll of Conferences was called for the presenta- 
tion of petitions, memorials, and appeals, and they 
were presented and referred as follows : 



CENTRAL ILLINOIS CONFERENCE. 



Centeal Illi- 
nois. 



H. Ritchie presented a petition for Lay Delegation, Lay Delegation. 
signed by the pastor and fifteen members of Pleasant 
Mound charge. J. S. dimming presented petitions in 
favor of Lay Delegation, signed by J. L. Martin and 
eighty-seven others ; also a remonstrance against Lay 
Delegation, signed by J. A. M'Connell and six others, 
and they were all referred to the Committee on Lay 
Representation. 

J. S. Cummins: also presented a remonstrance asrainst Presiding ei- 

dershiD. 

making the office of Presiding Elder elective, signed 
by John B. Dille and thirteen others, and it was re- 
ferred to the Committee on Itinerancy. 



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CENTRAL OHIO CONFERENCE. 



May 31. 

Seventeenth 
Day. 

Centeal Ohio. .^ _^, 

Lay Delegation. W. G. Williams presented a petition for Lay Rep- 
resentation, signed by H. B. Rose and five others, and 
it was referred to the Committee on that subject. 



Des Moines. 

A new Confer- 
ence asked for. 



Lay Represen- 
tation. 



DES MOINES CONFERENCE. 

B. Mitchell presented a memorial asking the organi- 
zation of a new Conference, signed by O. S. Wight 
and fifteen others, and it was referred to the Commit- 
tee on Boundaries ; he also presented a petition for 
Lay Representation, signed by H. Broadbooks and 
eleven others, and it was referred to the Committee 
on Lay Representation. 



Eeie. 



Lay Represen- 
tation. 



ERIE CONFERENCE. 

* 

G. W. Clarke presented a memorial on Lay Repre- 
sentation, signed by Samuel Foljambe and thirty-three 
others ; George W. Maltby presented a petition on 
the same subject, signed by A. B. Robins and thirty 
others, and they were referred to the Committee 
on Lay Representation. 



Maine. 

Lay Represen- 
tation. 



MAINE CONFERENCE. 



C. F. Allen presented a memorial in favor of Lay 
Representation, signed by the Hon. Hiram Ruggles and 
one hundred and twenty others, and it was referred to 
the Committee on that subject. 



Newark. 

Lay Represen- 
tation. 



NEWARK CONFERENCE. 



J. T. Crane presented memorials on Lay Represen- 
tation, signed by John Elcox, A. D. Gale, and fifteen 
others, and they were referred accordingly. 



Noeth Indi- 
ana. 

Boundaries. 



NORTH INDIANA CONFERENCE. 

T. Bowman presented a memorial from Knights- 
town on Boundaries, and it was referred to the Com- 
mittee on Boundaries. M. Mahin presented a memo- 



1868.] Journal of the General Conference. 217 

rial from Trinity Chapel on the same subject, and it May 21. 
■was referred to the same Committee. m evknteentb 



SOUTHEASTERN INDIANA CONFERENCE. Southeastern 

Indiana. 

F. C. Holliday presented a memorial on Lay Rep- Lay Kepresen- 

. ^ ■. t» t» 1 i • tation. 

resentation, signed by R. Roberts and twenty-nine 
others, and it was appropriately referred. 



ROCK RIVER CONFERENCE. Rock Riyer. 

L. Hitchcock presented a petition on Lay Repre- L £{ i0 £ epresen " 
sentation, signed by A. Scranton and thirty-two 
others, and it was referred to the Committee on Lay 
Representation. 



West Wiscox* 
WEST WISCONSIN CONFERENCE. SIN . 

A. Branson presented two petitions on Boundaries, Boundaries, 
one signed by P. S. Mather and seven others, and one 
signed by D. H. Wright and others, and they were 
referred accordingly. • - 

The roll of Conferences was called for the presenta- Call for miscei- 

. . , , laneous busi- 

tion of miscellaneous business, and it was introduced ness. 
and disposed of as follows : 



ALABAMA CONFERENCE. Alabama. 

J. W. Talley offered a resolution on Lay Represen- Lay Kepresen- 

. ,. n i /-i • t tation. 

tation, and it was referred to the Committee on Lay 
Representation. 

CENTRAL ILLINOIS CONFERENCE. Centeal Illi- 



nois. 



P. T. Rhodes offered a preamble and resolution re- Boundaries. 
latins: to the Conference relations of the Pastoral 
Charges in Bloomington, and they were referred to 
the Committee on Boundaries. 

H. Ritchie presented a preamble and resolution re- 
lating also to the same subject as the foregoing, and it 
received the same refereuce. 



218 Journal of the General Conference. [1868. 

IMay SI. 

Seventeenth DETROIT CONFERENCE. 

Detroit. . . 

candidates not Oeorge B. Jocelyn submitted a resolution to ex- 
to choose the p Un ge from the Discipline the permission to candidates 

mode of bap- 1 ° * L 

tism. f or baptism to choose the mode in which the ordinance 

shall be administered ; and it was referred to the Com- 
mittee on Revisals. 



Illinois. 

Daily religious 
paper. 



ILLINOIS CONFERENCE. 



W. J. Rutledge offered a resolution respecting a de- 
crease in the number of weekly papers, and the propri- 
ety of changing one of them into a daily paper ; and it 
was referred to the Committee on the Book Concern. 



Kansas. 



KANSAS CONFERENCE. 



On motion of W. R. Davis, the following resolution 
was adopted : 

B.Brown added Resolved, That the Rev. Benjamin Brown, of the Washington Con- 
to the Com- ference. be added to the Committee to receive the delegates from the 
mittee to re- _A.f r j can Methodist Episcopal Zion Church and the African Method- 
Uon from A. ist Episcopal Church. 
M.E.Churches. 



Michigan. 

Power of a Pre- 
siding Elder. 



MICHIGAN CONFERENCE. 

I. Coggshall presented two papers, one containing a 
preamble and resolution relating to the power of a 
Presiding Elder to suspend a preacher ; and one con- 
taining a preamble and resolution respecting the trial 
of appeals ; and they were referred to the Committee 
on Revisals. 



Newaek. 



NEWARK CONFERENCE. 



On motion of I. W. Wiley, the following preamble 
and resolution were unanimously adopted by a rising 
vote, namely : 

Eev. I. Winner. Whereas, Our venerable and esteemed brother, the Rev. Isaac 
Winner, of the New Jersey Conference, who has frequently been a 
member of this body, and is now a member elect to this General 
Conference, is prevented from meeting with us by serious illness, 
which may soon end his long and useful services in the Church ; 
therefore. 



1868.] Journal of the General Conference. 219 

Resolved, That we tender to our beloved brother our sincere Chris- IVlay SI. 
tian sympathies, and assure him of our prayers that the God and Seventeenth 
Saviour whom he has so long served may be to him a God of com- Day. 

fort and strength in this time of need ; and, if consistent with his 
holy will, may restore him to health, and long spare him for counsel 
in his Church ; and finally, in his good time, may give to him an 
abundant entrance into the everlasting kingdom. 



NEW JERSEY CONFERENCE. New Jebsey. 

J. B. Dobbins offered a resolution relating to the BookEditorand 
practicability" of combining the duties of Book Editor Quarterly Ee- 
and Editor of the Quarterly Review with the duties of 
Book Agents, or with those of the Editor of the Chris- 
tian Advocate ; and it was referred to the Committee 
on the Book Concern. 



view. 



NORTH OHIO CONFERENCE. NoETH 0mo - 

C. H. Owens offered a resolution relating to the stewards. 
term of office of Stewards, and it was referred to the 
Committee on Revisals. 



PHILADELPHIA CONFERENCE. Philadelphia. 

S. W. Thomas offered a preamble and resolutions Tract Commit- 

1 .tee for Phila- 

relating to the appointment of a Tract Committee at deiptna. 
Philadelphia, and the use of money raised for the Tract 
Cause within the Philadelphia and Wilmington Con- 
ferences ; and the paper was referred to the Committee 
on Sunday-Schools and Tracts. 

G. D. Carrow submitted a resolution respecting in- official weekly 

. ° . journals of the 

creased appropriations tor the purpose of improving church, 
the literary character and enlarging the circulation of 
the official weekly journals of the Church, and it was 
referred to the Committee on the Book Concern. 



PITTSBURGH CONFERENCE. Pittsbitbgh. 

On motion of S. H. Nesbit, William Kast and Philip w. Nast and 
Kuhl were added to the Committee on the Address of 
the Evangelical Association. 



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[1868. 



BXay 31. 

Seventeenth 
Pay. 

Eock ErvER. 

The pledge to 
support the 
Gospel, etc. 



ROCK RIVER CONFERENCE. 

E. Q. Fuller offered a preamble and resolution con- 
cerning the propriety of striking from the Discipline 
the pledge now required of persons coming into the 
Church in full connection, to support the Gospel and 
the various benevolent enterprises of the Church, and 
it was referred to the Committee on Revisals. 



Tennessee. 



TENNESSEE CONFERENCE. 



Theological de- David Rutledge submitted a resolution respecting 
Central and Theological Departments in Central Tennessee College 
see colleges? 8 " and the East Tennessee Wesleyan University, and it 
was referred to the Committee on Education. 



Troy. 



TROY CONFERENCE. 



On motion of S. Meredith, the following preamble 
and resolution was adopted by a vote of ninety to 
twenty-six, namely: 

To pay the ex- Whereas, The emergency which required the first Reserve Delegate 
peases of the f rom Troy Conference to take his seat in the General Conference for 
delegate ofthe tue ^ rst twe l ye c ^ a y s °? tne session was real and unavoidable ; 
Troy Confer- therefore, 

ence. Resolved, That the Committee on Expenses of Delegates are hereby 

instructed to pay the expenses of such Reserve Delegate. 



Washington. 



WASHINGTON CONFERENCE. 



The expediency 
ofreoeivingthe 
Bishops of the 
Methodist E. 
Zion Church. 



Benjamin Brown submitted a resolution relating to 
the expediency of receiving any of the Bishops of the 
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church as Bishops 
in our Church should a union be effected between the 
two bodies ; and the resolution was referred to the 
Committee appointed to receive and consider proposals 
for the union of the Churches. 

On motion of W. Redely, the call of Conferences for 
the introduction of miscellaneous business was dis- 
pensed with hereafter, unless otherwise ordered. 
Lay Delegation. J. M. Reid presented a petition for Lay Delegation 
from W. T. M'Clintock and thirteen others, and it 
was referred to the Committee on Lay Delegation, 



adopted. 



1868.] Journal of the General Conference. 221 

On motion of J. M. Trimble, the order of business May Si. 
was suspended to take up the reports from the Com- Seventeenth 
mittee on Episcopacy: whereupon Report No. Ill EeportNo.ni of 

^ the Committee 

was taken from the table and adopted. The following on Episcopacy 
are the resolutions of the report, namely : 

Resolved, 1. That we deem it inexpedient to recommend the elec- 
tion of any man to the episcopal office who shall not be clothed with 
the full powers of the Episcopacy of our Church, and eligible to pre- 
side in any and all our Annual Conferences. 

Resolved, 2. That we see no good reason for the election of a 
Bishop for any special class of our population. 



Report No. IV was read, when G. D. Carrow moved Eeport No. iv 



adopted. 



to lay it on the table, but the motion did not prevail ; 
and the report, comprising the following resolution, 
was adopted, namely : 

Resolved, That we deem it not necessary to elect any Bishops at 
this session of the General Conference. 



Report No. V was read and adopted. The report Eeport No. V 
comprises the following resolution, namely : 

Resolved, That we deem it inexpedient for a Bishop presiding in 
an Annual Conference to render formal decisions on cpiestions of 
law presented on fictitious cases, and when the subject is not in- 
volved in the proceedings pending ; nor should any such decisions 
be entered upon the Journals of the Conference. 



[For Reports as adopted, see Appendix D, III, IV, V.] 

The order of business was resumed. The Commit- 0rder of bus '- 

ness resumed. 

tees were called, the reports were presented, and dis- 
posed of as follows : 

I. W. Wiley submitted Reports Nos. Ill and IV Book Concern 

J . * Nos. Ill and 

from the Committee on the Book Concern. Report iv. 
No. Ill was read, and J. M. Reid moved its adoption. 
B. N. Spahr moved as a substitute that the report be 
laid on the table and printed. The substitute was ac- 
cepted, and adopted. Report No. IV was laid on the 
table to be printed. 

John M'Clintock, Chairman of the Committee on Education. 

-r, , t T~> -vt x i , Eeport No. I. 

Education, presented Report ISlo. 1, relating to the 
Drew Theological Seminary, and it was adopted, and 
in pursuance of its nomination the following persons 



222 



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[1868. 



May 31. 

Seventeenth 
Day. 

Trustees of 

Drew Theo- 
logical Semi- 
nary. 



Sunday-School 
and Tract Re- 
port No. I. 



Appeal ease 
No. VII. 



S. Lay ton. 



were elected Trustees of said Theological Seminary, 
namely: Ministers, Daniel Curry, R. L. Dashiel, A. 
C. Foss, George F. Brown, John Lanahan. Laymen, 
E. L. Fancher, J. H. Ockershausen, W. Wells, W. W. 
Drew, John A. Wright. [For Report as adopted, see 
Appendix H, III.] 

Daniel Wise, Chairman of the Committee on Sun- 
day-Schools and Tracts, presented Report No. I, and 
it was laid on the table to be printed. 

E. H. Waring presented Report No. VII from the 
Committee on Appeals, as follows : 

Safety Layton, a member of the North Indiana Conference, was 
tried by the said Conference on a charge of immorality, and expelled 
from the Methodist Episcopal Church, from which decision he ap- 
pealed. The Committee of Appeals having inquired into the case of 
the said Safety Layton has resolved, by a vote of nineteen to two, 
that the decision of the North Indiana Conference be and is hereby 
reversed. 



Seamen. 



Work among 
seamen. 



George W. Woodruff, Chairman of the Special Com- 
mittee on Seamen, submitted a report on that subject. 
Pending its consideration L. Hitchcock moved to 
amend the second resolution by inserting among the 
societies named " The Chicago Seaman's Friend So- 
ciety." On motion, the amendment was laid on the 
table by a vote of sixty-three to forty-nine. L. Hitch- 
cock then moved to lay the report on the table, but 
the motion did not prevail ; after which the Report, 
comprising the following resolutions, was adopted : 

Resolved, 1. That this General Conference has unabated interest 
in the moral and religious elevation of seamen and watermen. 

Resolved, 2. That we have great confidence in the American Sea- 
men's Friend Society, and its co-ordinate branch, the "Western Sea- 
men's Friend Society, and that we affectionately commend these 
societies to the generous consideration of our Churches and of the 
Annual Conferences in the sections of the country where they sev- 
erally operate. 

Resolved, 3. That we also earnestly commend all local efforts 
within our own denomination that are indorsed by the proper 
Church authorities, and shall not cease to pray that the abundance 
of the sea may be converted unto Christ. 



[For Report as adopted, see Appendix O.] 
Eeport No. I On motion, the order of business was suspended, 
tee'on Eevisais and Report No. I from the Committee on Revisals, 

considered. ^.^ ^ ^ ^ fa ^^ May j^ w&g ^^ ^ 

The first item, contemplating such a change of the 



1868.] Journal of the General Conference. 223 

Discipline as will allow others than preachers to be M.ay 31. 
appointed Book Agents, was read ; also a minority Seve *™enth 
report on the same subject, proposing that the disci- 
plinary provision remain as at present, was read. B. 
N. Spahr moved the adoption of the first item of the 
majority report. J. S. Porter moved, as a substitute, 
that the minority report be adopted. P. S. Donelson Minority Re- 
moved an amendment, to the effect that the principal por ' 
agent in each Book Concern shall be a minister, while 
the assistant agent may be a layman. 

At this stage of the proceedings an invitation was invitation to 
received from the Hon. John Evans, President of the 
Trustees of the Northwestern University, and the 
Hon. Grant Goodrich, President of the Trustees of 
Garrett Biblical Institute, to an excursion by railroad 
from Chicago to Evanston on Saturday, May 23, leav- 
ing about two P. M., and returning about six P. M. 
The invitation was accepted by a rising vote. 

Report No. I of the Committee on Revisals being 
under consideration, Conference adjourned by expiration 
of time, John Lanahan having the floor. 

The President announced the substitution of J. B. 
Wakeley for John M'Clintock on the Special Commit- 
tee on John-street Church, the latter having requested 
to be excused from serving on the same. 

The Doxology was sung, after which the Benediction 
was pronounced by George Peck, of the Wyoming Con- 
ference. 

FRIDAY MORNING, MAY 22. Mayas. 

Eighteenth 

Conference met this morning, Bishop Scott in the Day - 
chair. 

The religious services were conducted by L. R. 
Thayer, of the New England Conference. 

The Journal of yesterday was read and approved. 

E. O. Haven moved a reconsideration of the vote Excursion to 
accepting the invitation to the proposed excursion to 
Evanston, with a view to postpone the excursion till 
some day next week ; but the motion to reconsider did 
not prevail. 

J. T. Peck asked and obtained leave of temporary 
absence for the Committee on Itinerancy in order to 



Evanston. 



224 



Journal of the General Conference. 



[1868. 



IVIay St. 

Eighteenth 
Dat. 



Report on Epis- 
copacy No. 6. 



Bishop Morris. 



Bishop Baker. 



Examinations 
before the Con- 
ference. 



consider the credentials of J. T. Gracey, claiming a 
seat in this body as a representative of the India Mis- 
sion Conference. 

The Committees were called for the presentation of 
reports. 

J. M. Trimble, Chairman of the Committee on the 
Episcopacy, presented Report No. VI from that Com- 
mittee. The report was adopted. The following are 
the resolutions of the report, namely : 

Resolved, 1. That Bishop Morris be released from any obligation 
to exercise his episcopal office beyond what his own judgment may 
dictate. 

Resolved, 2. That we record our satisfaction with our beloved 
Superintendent's eminent and useful services with gratitude to God, 
and we shall continue to pray that his path may, as that of the just, 
shine more and more to the perfect day. 

Resolved, 3. That Bishop Baker be allowed to make such arrange- 
ments with his episcopal colleagues to do such work, and such 
only, as his health and the providence of God may allow. 

Resolved, 4. That it is the sense of this Conference that in receiv- 
ing preachers into full connection the examination of the candidates 
before the Conference ought to precede the action of the Conference 
in admitting them to full connection, and electing them to orders. 



Address of the 
laymen. 



[For Report, see Appendix D, VI.] 

The hour of ten o'clock having arrived, on motion 
of R. S. Foster the order of the day, namely, the re- 
ception of an Address from a Committee of Laymen, 
was taken up, when the address was presented and 
read. [Forthe Address, see Appendix V, II.] 

After the reading of the address was concluded, on 
motion of TV. Reddy, the following resolution was 
adopted, namely : 

Resolved, That the thanks of this Conference are hereby tendered 
to the Laymen for the address they have just presented, and that it 
be referred to the Committee on Lay Representation, and printed in 
the Daily Advocate. 

Petitions to be On motion of E. O. Haven, it was ordered that all 

referred with- . . . , - , - . , 

out presenting petitions and memorials received hereafter by members 

conference. " of this body be passed by them to the Chairman of the 

respective Committees to which the papers should be 

referred without bringing them to the attention of the 

Conference. 

L. C. Queal moved to suspend the order of business 
to receive and refer a resolution which he desired to 
offer. TV. H. Ferris moved to lay the motion to sus- 



Thanks to the 
Laymen. 



1868.] 



Journal of the General Conference. 



225 



Duty of Dis- 
trict Stewards. 



pend on the table ; but the motion to lay on the table isiay as. 
was lost, and the original motion prevailed. Eighteenth 

L. C. Queal then offered the following resolution, and 
it was referred to the Committee on Revisals, namely : 

Resolved, That the Committee on Revisals be requested to strike 
out of the answer to the question in sec. 2, page 252 of the Disci- 
pline, all that follows the words "according to their several ability," 
and insert in place thereof, " and it shall be the duty of each District 
Steward to raise, by subscription or apportionment, the amount as- 
sessed to the circuit or station appointing him, and pay the same to 
the Presiding Elder." 

On motion, at the request of the Chairman, the 
Committee to Receive and Consider the Proposals of 
Affiliation and Union from other Churches had leave of 
temporary absence from the Conference. 

I. W. Wilev, Chairman of the Committee on the 
Book Concern, presented Reports Nos. V and VI, and 
they were laid on the table to be printed. 

B. F. Crary, Chairman of the Committee on Revi- 
sals, presented Report No. Ill, and it was laid on the 
table to be printed. 

D. Wise, Chairman, submitted Report No. II from 
the Committee on Sunday-Schools and Tracts, and it 
was adopted. The resolutions of the report are as 
follows, namely : 

Resolved, 1. That while we do not consider it possible for our 
Book Concern to fully meet all the demands of our largest schools 
for new books, we think, nevertheless, that the number of Sunday- 
school publications might be largely increased, and we recommend 
the Book Agents to issue them as freely as they may deem consist- 
ent with the interests of the Book Concern. 

Resolved, 2. That if at any time the Editor of the Sunday-school 
library books should have on hand more manuscripts or " reprints " 
of Sunday-school books than the Agents at New York cau con- 
veniently publish, he may forward them to the Agents at Cincin- 
nati to be published at their discretion. 

Resolved, 3. That we recommend the Book Agents to so change 
the form of the Sunday-School Journal that it may contain sixteen 
large octavo pages instead of eight quarto as at present. 

Resolved, 4. That this General Conference recommend the Sun- 
day-school Union to amend its constitution in the following par- 
ticulars, namely : 

In Art. Ill to add the following words : " Life Directors shall be 
allowed seats in the Board of Managers, with the privilege of speak- 
ing on all questions, but shall not be permitted to vote." 

The article, if thus amended, will read as follows : 

Art. III. — Members, etc. 

The payment of one dollar annually shall constitute a member of 
ibis Society ; the payment of ten dollars or more at one time shall 
constitute a member for life ; and the payment of fifty dollars at 

15 



Book Concern. 
Beports No. V 
and VI pre- 
sented. 



Bevisals. Re- 
port No. Ill 
presented. 



Sunday-schools 
and Tracts. 
Keport No. II 
presented and 
adopted. 



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L1868. 



May 22. 

Eighteenth 
Bay. 



one time a director for life. Each Annual Conference of the Meth- 
odist Episcopal Church shall be entitled to elect a Vice-president. 
Life Directors shall be allowed seats in the Board of Managers, 
with the privilege of speaking on all questions, but shall not be 
permitted to vote. 

In Art. V. (1.) To transpose the phrase ''Conference Vice-pres- 
idents " from the third line to the fourth, and insert it after the word 
" society." 

(2.) To change the words "thirty-six members," in the seventh 
line, to " twenty-five members." 

(3.) To strike out all that follows the word "members" in the 
seventh hue, and substitute the following : " And as many traveling 
preachers, not exceeding that number, as shall be determined upon 
at such Annual Meeting." 

The article, if thus amended, will read as follows: 



Report on Lay 
Representation 



Art. V. — Board of Managers. 

The Board of Managers shall consist of a President, who shall be 
the Senior Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church ; of Vice-Pres- 
idents, who shall be the remaining Bishops, ranking according to 
seniority in office; two Vice-Presidents chosen annually by the 
Society ; the Conference Vice-Presidents ; a Corresponding Secretary, 
who shall be elected by the General Conference ; a Recording Secre- 
tary, a Treasurer, and twenty-five members, and as many traveling 
preachers, not exceeding that number, as shall be determined upon 
at such Annual Meeting. 

In Art. VII. To insert after the words "think proper," in the 
fifth line, the following sentence : " And also to offer such advice 
and suggestions as they may deem suitable to the Book Agents and 
Editors regarding Sunday-school publications." 

The article, if thus amended, will read as follows : 

Art. VII. — Powers of the Board of Managers. 

The Board of Managers shall have the power to form their own 
by-laws ; to fill vacancies occurring during the year ; to call special 
meetings of the Society whenever they shall deem necessary ; to 
prepare and circulate such Sunday-school information, appeals, or 
directions as they may think proper, and also to offer such advice 
and suggestions as they may deem suitable to the Book Agents and 
Editors regarding Sunday-school publications; to give orders on 
the Book Agents for such books as may be needed, and to transact 
such other business as of right belongs to their station, and which 
the interests of the Union may demand. 

[For Keport as adopted 1 , see Appendix J, II.] 
E. O. Haven, Chairman of the Committee on Lay- 
Representation, presented and read the report of the 
majority of the Committee ; when, on motion of J. T. 
Peck, the report was laid on the table to be printed. 

E. C. Brace asked and obtained leave of absence for 
J. W. Armstrong, of the Black River Conference ; and 
on his motion Samuel Call, a reserve delegate from the 
same Conference, was admitted to a seat and assigned 
to the several Committees in his stead. 



1868.] Journal of the General Conference. 227 

J. B. Dobbins, on behalf of a minority of the Com- May 23. 

mittee on Lay Representation, submitted a report, ElG ™ NTB 

which was read, and laid on the table to be printed. Mmorityreport. 

E. O. Haven moved that the report of the Commit- 
tee on Lay Representation be made the order of the Lay Eepresen- 

i „ . , i t i • i tation. 

day for to-morrow morning at ten o clock, which 
motion was, on motion of H. Sheer, laid on the table 
by a vote of one hundred and thirty-six, the negative 
not being counted. 

On motion of William Reddy, it was 

Resolved, That the delegate from the African Methodist Episcopal Delegate from 

Ziou Church be now presented to the Conference. th * African 

Methodist 

The credentials of the Rev. Bishop Singleton T. Church. 
Jones were then read, after which the President intro- 
duced him to the • Conference. He then presented a 
paper, in which the terms of the proposed union with 
the Methodist Episcopal Church were briefly set forth. 
After the paper was read he addressed the Conference 
on the same subject. At the conclusion of his address, 
the paper presented was referred to the Committee on 
that subject. 

[For the Paper and Address, see Appendix B, 
XXVIH, XXIX.] 

Pending the foregoing proceedings*, on motion of W. 
H. Ferris the time of the session was extended. 

On motion of J. M. Reid, the following resolution 
was adopted, namely : 

Resolved, That we hare heard with pleasure the communication S. T. Jones, 
of our Rev. Brother Singleton T. Jones, and that we greet him cor- 
dially as the representative of a sister Church. 

Bishop Clark communicated to the Conference recent Dr. Poe. 
intelligence in relation to the health of Rev. Dr. 
Poe, to the effect that he is seriously ill, with but little 
prospect of recovery ; nevertheless he is rejoicing in 
God. Whereupon, on motion of J. M. Reid, the North 
Ohio Delegation was requested to communicate to him 
the deep felt sympathy of this Conference with him in 
this trying hour. 

J. S. Porter submitted a report respecting the ex- Expenses of 
penses of delegates to the next General Conference, 
and it was laid on the table to be printed. 



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[1868. 



JVEay S3. 

Eighteenth 
Day. 
Scandinavian 
Work. 

Bible Cause. 



Centenary. 



Trusteeship 



CharteredFund 



Adjournment. 



Henry Slicer, Chairman of the Committee on the 
Scandinavian "Work, presented a report, which was laid 
on the table to be printed. 

Daniel Curry, Chairman of the Committee on the 
Bible Cause, presented a report, and it was laid on the 
table to be printed. 

W. H. Ferris, Chairman of the Committee on the 
Centenary, presented a report, and it was laid on the 
table to be printed. 

D. P. Kidder, Chairman of the Committee on Trust- 
eeship, jDresentecl a report, which was laid on the table 
to be printed. 

W. G. Miller presented a report from the Committee 
on the Chartered Fund, and the report, comprising the 
following resolutions, was adopted, namely: 

Resolved, 1. By the members of the General Conference, that we 
have full confidence in the wisdom and integrity of the Trustees 
of the Chartered Fund, and we hereby tender to them our acknowl- 
edgments for the faithful manner in which they have managed the 
trust confided to them. 

Resolved, 2. That the Secretary of this Conference be instructed 
to forward a copy of the foregoing resolution to Thomas Winner, 
Esq., President of the Board. 

[For Report, see Appendix T, II.] 

On motion, Conference adjourned. The Benediction 
was pronounced by Paul R. Brown, of the New York 
Conference. 



May 23. 

Nineteenth 
Day. 



Journal 
proved. 



ap- 



The order of 
the presenta- 
tion of reports. 



SATURDAY MORNING, MAY 23. 

Conference met this morning, Bishop Simpson in the 
chair. 

The religious services were conducted by F. B. 
Bangs, of the Michigan Conference. 

The Journal of yesterday was read and approved. 

On motion of the Secretary, the following resolution 
was adopted as a Rule of Order, namely : 

Resolved, That the Committees be called in order for the presen- 
tation of reports; and that the call each day commence with the 
Committee next after the one of the preceding day ; and when a 
Committee is called it shall be in order to move to take up any 
report from that Committee which may have been laid on the table 
on any previous day ; but if such motion be made, the vote thereon 
shall be taken without debate. 

On motion of K. P. Jervis, the following resolution 
was adopted, namely : 



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Resolved, That the thanks of this Conference are hereby returned May i23. 
to Dr. William Butler for the very instructive and eloquent lecture Niks-teen-th 
delivered in this hall last evening at our request. Dat - 

On motion of S. Hunt, the following resolution was 
adopted, namely: 

Resolved, That a committee of three be appointed to procure and Committee on 
present, on behalf of the Conference, certain testimonials. Testimonials. 

On motion, the Committee on the State of the 
Church had leave of temporary absence from the 
Conference. 

Committees were called for the presentation of 
Reports. 

COMMITTEE OX ITINERANCY. 
J. T. Peck, Chairman, presented Reports Nos. IV Reports Nos. 

n tt ^r TTT , . ,,-. . ~ - , IV and Y from 

and V. No. IV, relating to Mission Conferences, and the Committee 
to the admission of a delegate from the India Mission 
Conference, was laid on the table to be printed. 

No. V, relating to Biennial Sessions of the General Biennial Ses- 

6ions. 

Conference, was adopted as presented, thus : 

Resolution of the Committee on Itinerancy on Biennial Sessions 
of the General Conference : 

Resolved, 2. That the change proposed ought not to be made. 

[For Report, see Appendix E, III.] 

He also presented Report No. in from the same Report No. in, 

Committee, and the report, comprising the following mitteeonitin- 
resolution, was adopted : erancy. 

Resolved, That in our judgment the parchments of Rev. S. B. Eev. S. B. 
Rooney should now be restored to him, and the California Conference Rooney. 
is hereby directed to restore them. 

[For Report, as adopted, see Appendix E, L] 

COMMITTEE ON THE BOOK CONCERN. 
I. W. Wiley, Chairman, submitted Report No. VII, B ° ok Concern, 

■" ' • l ' Report No. 

and it was laid on the table to be printed. vil 

He also submitted Report No. VIII, against the pro- Report No. 
posed change of the Discipline, so as to allow the 
appointment of laymen to the agencies of the Book The election of 
Concern, and a motion was made to adopt it. I. C. Book Agents. 
Pershing moved as a substitute that the Report be 
laid on the table and printed. B. N. Spahr moved to 



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May at;, lay the motion to print on the table ; after which, on 

™DArT NTH motion of D.Curry, the whole subject was indefinitely 

postponed. 

Report No. ix. Report Xo. IX, from the same Committee, relating 

Order of Eiec- to the order of elections, was laid on the table to be 

tions. ' 

printed. 

B Eeports°No ern i ^ n motion of the Chairman, Reports Nob. I, II, and 
and ii adopt- III, laid on the table May 20, were taken up, and 
Xos. I and II, comprising the following resolutions, 
were adopted : 

Eev. Dr. Trot- Resolved, That though Dr. Trotter unquestionably acted in good 
ter - faith under the direction of the Publishing Committee, and with the 

assurance of at least one of said Committee, that if the Agents did 
not indorse him he would be sustained by the patronizing Con- 
ferences, nevertheless the General Conference in this transaction has 
no responsibility whatever, and is under no legal or moral obligation 
to reimburse ltev. W. D. R. Trotter, and, therefore, that the 
request of the memorialists be not granted, hereby reaffirming the 
action of previous General Conferences. 

Cheap edition Resolved, That the Book Agents be and hereby are requested to 
of tbe Disci- publish our book of Discipline in a much cheaper form than any of 
our present editions. 

Resolved, That the Nevada Conference be and hereby is authorized 
to appoint one member of the Publishing Committee of the " Cali- 
fornia Christian Advocate." 

[For Reports, as adopted, see Appendix F, I, II.] 
Report No. in, Pending the consideration of Report Xo. Ill, the 

amended and „ , . i t mi -it- 

adopted. first resolution was adopted. I he second resolution 

was read, when B. F. Cocker moved to amend the 
Report by striking out this resolution. On motion of 
J. S. Porter the proposed amendment was laid on the 
table. C. H. Owens moved to amend by adding these 
words : " Provided the proposed improvement can be 
made without increasing the cost of subscription." 
This amendment was laid on the table by a vote 
of 109 to 62, after which the second resolution was 
adopted. The third resolution was adopted. When 
the fourth resolution was read James Leaton called for 
a division of the resolution, when a separate vote was 
taken on each part and the resolution was adopted. 

Pending the consideration of the fifth resolution 
George "W. "Woodruff moved to amend by striking out 
the words " such as share in the dividends of their 
respective Conferences," which amendment was laid 
on the table by a vote of 101 to 72. "W. H. Hunter 



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moved to strike out the words " superannuated 
preachers ; " but, on motion of T. H. Pearne, the 
motion to strike out was laid on the table. J. S. 
Porter moved to amend by inserting the words " and 
supernumerary" immediately after the word " super- 
annuated," which amendment was carried by a vote 
of 85 to 78, after which the Report as amended and as 
a whole, comprising the following resolutions, was 
adopted : 

Resolved, 1. That we deem it inexpedient at this time to atcempt 
to revive the publication of the National, or to introduce a new 
monthly magazine to the patronage of our Church. 

Resolved, 2. That while the general character of the Ladies' 
Repository shall be retained, the Book Agents and Editor of the 
Repository be and hereby are authorized, as they shall deem it 
expedient, to enlarge and otherwise modify this periodical so as to 
meet the growing demand for magazine literature in our Church, as 
indicated by these memorials. 

Resolved, 3. That we recommend to the Agents and Editor of the 
Repository, if in their judgment it is expedient to do so, to substi- 
tute for one of the steel engravings in each number as great an 
amount of first-class illustrations, in wood engraving, as can be 
procured for the amount expended for one of the steel engravings. 

Resolved, 4. That, in view of the general and local interests to be 
served by our weekly papers, it is inexpedient to reduce the num- 
ber of said periodicals, but we advise that a larger appropriation 
of money should be made with a view to improve and elevate their 
character, and especially of those published at our- chief commercial 
and Methodistic centers. 

Resolved, 5. That the agents of the Book Concern are hereby 
authorized to furnish gratuitously to such superannuated and 
supernumerary preachers, and the widows of such as have died in 
the work, as share in the dividends of their respective conferences, 
one copy of such Church paper as they may prefer. 

[For Report as adopted, see Appendix F, III.] 



INlay 23. 

Nineteenth 
Day. 



Ladies' Reposi- 
tory may be 
enlarged. 



Engravings. 



Papers to be im- 
proved. 



Gratuitous pa- 
pers for super- 
annuates. 



COMMITTEE OX MISSIONS. 

"W. H. Goode, chairman, presented Report N"o. V, Report of Com- 

-, . . . , . , , . . .. mittee on Mis- 

ana it was laid on the table to be printed. sions No. v 

On motion, Report No. I, laid on the table May jfe^rt^o I 

20, was taken up, and the Report was considered and adopted. 

adopted item by item, thus concurring with the Board 

of Managers of the Missionary Society in the adoption 

of the following : 

REVISED CONSTITUTION' OF THE MISSIONARY SOCIETY 
OF THE METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH. 

Article I. — Name and Objects op the Society. 

The name of this association shall be " The Missionary Society . 

of the Methodist Episcopal Church." Its objects are charitable 



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IMay S3. 

Nineteenth 
Day. 

Revised Consti- 
tution of tho 
Missionary So- 
ciety. 



and religious ; designed to diffuse more generally the blessings of 
education and Christianity, and to promote and support missionary 
schools and Christian missions throughout the United States and 
Territories, and also in foreign countries. 

Article II. — Members, Honorary Managers, and Patrons. 
i 

The payment of twenty dollars at one time shall constitute a 
member for life. Any person paying one hundred and fifty dollars 
at one time into the treasury shall be an honorary manager for 
life ; and the contribution of five hundred dollars shall constitute 
the donor an honorary patron for life ; both of whom shall be en- 
titled to a seat and the right of speaking, but not of voting, in the 
Board of Managers. Such members, honorary managers, and 
patrons shall be members of the Society, and entitled to vote at all 
meetings of the Society, and to elect its officers and managers. 



Article III. — Board of Managers. 

The management and disposition of the affairs and property of 
this Society shall be vested in a Board of Managers, members of the 
Society, consisting of thirty-two laymen, all being members of the 
Methodist Episcopal Church, and so many clerical members, not 
exceeding that number, as shall be determined at each annual 
election, each of whom shall be a minister of the Methodist Episco- 
pal Church. 

The Board shall also have authority to make by-laws not incon- 
sistent with this Constitution or the charter; to print books for 
Indian and Foreign Missions, and missions in which a foreign lan- 
guage is used ; to fill vacancies that may occur during the year 
among the officers elective by the Society, or in its own body ; and 
shall present a statement of its transactions and funds to the Socie- 
ty at its annual meeting, and also shall lay before the General Con- 
ference a report of its transactions for the four preceding years, and 
the state of its funds. 

Article IV. — Corresponding Secretaries. 

The Corresponding Secretary shall be appointed by the General 
Conference. He shall reside in the city of New York, and conduct 
the correspondence of the Society under the direction of the Board. 
He shall be subject to the direction and control of the Board of 
Managers, by whom his salary is to be fixed and paid. He shall be 
exclusively employed in conducting the correspondence of the So- 
ciety, and, under the direction of the Board, in promoting its gen- 
eral interests by traveling or otherwise. 

There shall also be two Assistant Corresponding Secretaries, 
who shall be elected by the General Conference, the first of whom 
shall reside in the city of New York, and the second of whom shall 
reside in the "West, at such place as the Board of Managers shall di- 
rect, and they shall labor to promote the interests of the Missionary 
cause under the direction of the Board of Managers at New York. 

Should the office of a Secretary become vacant by death, resigna- 
tion, or otherwise, the Board shall have power to provide for the 
duties of the office until the Bishops, or a majority of them, shall 
fill the vacancy. 

Article V. — Election of Managers. 

The annual meeting for the election of officers and managers 
shall be held on the third Monday in November, in the City of 
New York, and the term of the service of the officers and managers 
so elected shall commence January first following. 






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May Q3. 

__ _ _ NlNBTBENTH 

Article VI— Presiding Officer. day. 

At all meetings of the Society and of the Board the President, Constitution of 
or, in his absence, one of the Vice-Presidents, and in the absence of |^ t y 810nary 
the President and of all the Vice-Presidents, a member appointed 
by the meeting for that purpose, shall preside. 

Article VII.— Quorum. 

Twenty -five members at each meeting of the Society, and thirteen 
at each meeting of the Board of Managers, shall be a quorum. 

Article VIII. — Minutes. 

The Minutes of each meeting shall be signed by the chairman of 
the meeting at which the miuutes are read and approved. 

Article IX. — Auxiliary Societies. 

It is recommended that within the bounds of each Annual Con- 
ference there be established a Conference Missionary Society, aux- 
iliary to this institution, under such regulations as the Conferences 
shall respectively prescribe. 

Article X. — Special Donations. 

Auxiliary Societies or donors may designate the mission or mis- 
sions, under the care of this Society, to which they desire any 
part or the whole of their contributions to be appropriated ; which 
special designation shall be publicly acknowledged by the Board. 
But in the event that more funds are raised for any particular mis- 
sion than are necessary for its support, the surplus shall be at the 
disposal of the Society for its general purposes. 

Article XL — General Missionary Committee. 

The Annual Conferences shall be divided into as many mission 
districts as there are effective superintendents, and there shall be 
one member from each mission district to be appointed by the 
Bishops, and a like number of members to be appointed annually 
by the Board of Managers, who, with the Correspondiug Secretaries 
and Treasurer of the Society, shall constitute a Committee, to be 
called the General Missionary Committee. 

The General Missionary Committee shall meet annually in the 
city of New York, at such time, in the mouth of November, as shall 
be determined by the Corresponding Secretaries and Treasurer. 

The Bishops shall also be duly notified to attend the meetings of 
the General Missionary Committee, to preside over its deliberations, 
and to give their advice in respect of any matters before the Com- 
mittee. 

Said General Missionary Committee, with the concurrence of the 
Board of Managers, and with the concurrence of a majority of the 
Bishops present, shall determine what fields shall be occupied as 
foreign missions, the number of persons to be employed on said 
missions, and the amount necessary for the support of each mission. 
Said General Missionary Committee, with the concurrence of the 
Board and Bishops, as aforesaid, shall also determine the amount 
for which each Bishop may draw for the domestic missions of the 
Conferences over which he shall preside, and the Bishop shall not 
draw on the Treasurer for more than said amount. Nevertheless, 
in the intervals between the meetings of the General Missionary 
Committee, the Board of Managers, with the concurrence of the 
Bishop who has charge, or is to have charge of the work proposed, 



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May S3, may, if they shall deem it important, adopt a new foreign mission 

Nineteenth field ; the Board may also provide for any unforeseen emergency 

Day. that may arise in any of our missions. To meet such demands, the 

Constitution of Board may expend any additional amount not exceeding twentv- 

the Missionary fi ve thousand dollars. 



Society. 



Should any member of the General Missionary Committee ap- 
pointed by the Bishops go out of office by death, resignation, or 
otherwise, the Bishops shall appoint another to rill the vacancy. 

The General Missionary Committee shall be amenable to the Gen- 
eral Conference, to which it shall make full report of its doings. 

Any expenses incurred by the Committee in the discharge of its 
duties shall be met by the Treasurer of the Society. 



Article XII. — Support op Superannuated and other Mis- 
sionaries. 

The Board may provide for the support of superannuated mission- 
aries, and widows and orphans of missionaries who may not be pro- 
vided for by their Annual Conferences respectively, it being under- 
stood that they shall not receive more than is usually allowed to 
other superannuated ministers, their widows and orphans. 

The amount allowed for the support of a missionary shall not 
exceed the usual allowance of other itinerant preachers ; and in the 
case of domestic missions, the Bishop or President of the Conference 
shall draw for the same in quarterly installments, and shall always 
promptly notify the Treasurer of all drafts made by him. The ad- 
ministration of appropriations to foreign missions shall be under 
the direction of the Board of Managers. 

No one shall be acknowledged as a missionary, or receive sup- 
port as such from the funds of this Society, who has not some defi- 
nite field assigned to him in the service of the Society, or who could 
not be an effective laborer on a circuit, except as above provided. 

Article XIII. — Reports from Missions. 

Each missionary shall report to his superintendent once a quarter, 
in writing, the state and prospects of the special work in which he 
is engaged. 

Each superintendent of missions, and where there is no superin- 
tendent, each missionary, shall make a regular quarterly report to 
the Corresponding Secretary at New York, giving information of the 
state and prospects of the several missions under his care. 

Article XIV. — Amendments. 

This Constitution shall not be altered except by the concurrence 
both of the General Conference and of the Board of Managers. 



The Report Avas adopted as a whole. [For Report 
as adopted, see Appendix G, II.] 

On motion of the Chairman, Report Xo. II, laid on 



from the Com- , .., 

mitteeonMis- the table May 20, was taken 

sions adopted. -, . -, c ,, 

adopted, as iollows : 



up, 



and the items were 



1. That, having had under consideration the memorial of the South- 
eastern Indiana Conference, inquiring as to the practicability of in- 
corporating the Church Extension Society and the work of the 
Freedmen's Aid Society into our General Missionary Society, in 
their judgment such incorporation is, at present, wholly im- 
practicable. 



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235 



Change of Dis- 
cipline. 



2. That they have before them the paper recommending the May S3. 
establishment of a Chinese Mission in California, and have ascer- Nineteenth 
tained that the General Mission Committee and the Board have al- Day. 

ready taken favorable action upon this matter, so that no action is 
required thereon by the General Conference. 

a. That the Committee recommend an alteration in the Discipline, 
Part V, sec. 3, paragraph 12, as follows, namely: Strike out the 
words in the first line, li It is earnestly recommended," and insert 
"It shall be the duty of the Preacher in charge to see," so that the 
paragraph shall read thus: " It shall be the duty of the Preacher in 
charge to see that each Sunday-school in our Churches and congre- 
gations be organized into a Missionary Society, under such rules 
and regulations as the Pastor, the Superintendent, and the teachers 
may prescribe." 

The Report -was then adopted as a whole. [For 
Report as adopted, see Appendix G. III.] 

On motion of A. Lowry, the following resolution 
-was adopted by a rising vote, namely : 

Resolved, That we have heard words from our beloved brother, Rev. Dr. Poe. 
Dr. Poe' through Bishop Clark, with feelings of mingled sadness 
and joy — sadness, that we are about to lose from earth and the Church 
so good a man and minister — joy, that he is so triumphantly sus- 
tained on the borders of dissolution by the felt preciousness of Jesus 
and the comfort of Christian hope. 

On motion, Report No. Ill from the Committee on 
Missions was taken up, and a portion of it read, when, 
on motion of T. H. Pearne, it was laid on the table. 

The hour for adjournment having come, the Dox- 
ology was sung, after which the Benediction was 
pronounced by R. C. Crawford, of the Michigan 
Conference. 



MONDAY MORNING, MAY 25. 

Conference met this morning, Bishop Ames m the 
chair. 

The religious services were conducted by James 
Erwin, of the Black River Conference. 

The Journal of Saturday morning's session was read 
and approved. 

The following preamble and resolution, offered by 
R. H. Pattison, were adopted, namely : 

Whereas, John P. Durbin has been called away from this Gen- 
eral Conference by severe illness in his family ; and 

Whereas, Eev. T. J. Thompson, first Reserve Delegate of the 
Philadelphia Delegation, has been called here, and is now present to 
take J. P. Durbin's place ; therefore, 



May Q5. 

Twentieth 
Day. 



T. J. Thomp- 
son admitted 
in place of Dr. 
Durbin 



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May 25. Resolved, That he be recognized as a member of this General Con- 
Twentietu ference, take John P. Durbin's place in the committees, and that his 
Day. expenses be paid. 

Nest General D. Curry and G. W. Woodruff on behalf of the New 

vitedtoBrook- York East Conference, and also in behalf of the New 

cumati. ° " York Preachers' Meeting, presented an invitation to 

the General Conference to hold its next session in the 

city of Brooklyn. 

At the same time, J. M. Walden in behalf of the 
Monthly Conference of Ministers and official Members 
of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Cincinnati and 
vicinity, presented an invitation to the General Con- 
ference to hold its next session in Cincinnati. 

These invitations were laid on the table for the 
present. 

C. D. Pillsbury offered the following preamble 
and resolution, which were, on motion of B. N. Spahr, 
laid on the table, by a vote of ninety to thirty-one, 
namely : 

S. Tallows. Whereas, Samuel Fallows, of "Wisconsin Conference, has been 

called home by a telegram to attend the funeral of a prominent 
member of his congregation ; therefore, 

Resolved, That he be excused for the time being, and that Rev. S. 
C. Thomas, the first Reserve Delegate, be admitted to a seat during 
his absence. 

S. Hunt moved a suspension of the order of business 
for the purpose of presenting a resolution, but the 
motion did not prevail. 

Committees were called for the presentation of 
Reports. 



Missions, Re- 
port No. 3. 



COMMITTEE ON MISSIONS. 

On motion of W. H. Goode, Report No. Ill from 
the Mission Committee was taken up and read. 

T. EL Pearne moved to amend the first resolution by 
adding to the same the following words, which amend- 
ment was admitted, namely : 

But in our judgment that policy can only be fully and perma- 
nently successful by our government, through its agents and officers, 
keeping strict faith with the Indians ; by removing them from con- 
tact with corrupt and degraded white men ; by teaching them the 
arts and industries of civilization ; and by permitting and protecting 
unobstructed access to them of the influences of an active and ear- 
nest Christianity. 



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A. IS!". Fisher moved to indefinitely postpone the first 
resolution, but it did not prevail ; whereupon W. H. 
Goode moved that the vote on its adoption be taken 
without further debate, which was carried by a vote 
of eighty-one to twenty -four. The first resolution of 
the report was then adopted. 

On motion of T. H. Pearne, Bishop Janes was 
requested to speak to the second resolution; after 
which, on motion of W. H. Goode, the resolution was 
amended by inserting the word "missionary" before 
"efforts" in the first line. W. H. Goode then moved 
that the vote on the second resolution be taken with- 
out further debate, but the motion did not prevail. 

On motion of R. S. Foster the vote was reconsidered 
by which the word "missionary" was added to the 
second resolution, and the amendment was then laid 
on the table. 

J. Lanahan moved that the vote on the whole 
report be taken without further debate, provided it 
does not prevent the offering of amendments and 
substitutes ; but if such be offered, the vote on these 
shall be taken without debate. 

On motion of B. N. Spahr, the further consideration 
of the report was indefinitely postponed. 

On motion of B. I. Ives, the vote by which the first 
resolution of the report was adopted was reconsidered, 
and the resolution was then, on motion, laid on the 
table. 

On motion of A. M. Osbon, the order of business 
was suspended to receive the report of the Committee 
appointed to Confer with the Delegate from the African 
Methodist Episcopal Zion Church. He then presented 
the report of the Committee. 

Pending its consideration, on motion of J. Lanahan, 
it was determined to take the vote without further 
debate, provided this order shall not prevent, the offer- 
ing of amendments or substitutes, or the making of 
legitimate motions ; but the vote on such, if offered or 
made, shall be taken without debate. 

Pending the consideration of the second resolution, 
E. A. Helmershausen moved to amend by adding these 
words : 



May 23. 

Twentieth 
Day. 

First resolution 
adopted. 



Vote on first 
resolution re- 
considered. 



Report on Afri- 
can M. E. Zion 
Church. 



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M!»y 25. 

Twentieth 
Day. 



Eeport on Afri- 
can Methodist 
Episcopal Zion 
Church. 



" That it is the sense of this General Conference that the members 
of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, when they shall 
become members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, shall be en- 
titled to a pro rata representation in the Episcopal Board of the 
Methodist Episcopal Church." 

On motion, the amendment was laid on the table, 
and the report was adopted, as follows : 

The Committee appointed to Receive and Confer with the Delegate 
of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church report, 

That they have had a free conference with the Rev. Singleton T. 
Jones, who is duly accredited to this body, and beg to present the 
following resolutions for your adoption, namely : ■ 

Resolved, 1. That we, having received the official communication 
of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church proposing union 
with the Methodist Episcopal Church in the United States, and also 
the representations of the Rev. S. T. Jones on the same subject, 
with great satisfaction, we hereby express to them our Christian 
regards and deep interests in their progress and prosperity as a 
Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. 

Resolved, 2. That this Conference entertains favorably the propo- 
sal of union between the two bodies aforesaid. 

Resolved, 3. That whereas the time of the sessions of these two 
General Conferences is so far spent that it will be impracticable tu 
have the necessary negotiations, and to discuss and determine the 
details of the terms of union before their adjournment, that eight 
members of this body be appointed, who, with the Bishops, shall 
constitute a commission to meet and confer with a similar commis- 
sion of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, and report to 
the next General Conference. 

Resolved, 4. That a copy of the foregoing action of this body be 
given to the Delegate, and by him be forwarded to the General 
Conference of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church.' 

[For Report, see Appendix B, XXX.] 
Gilbert Haven moved the adoption of the following 
resolution, which was laid on the table : 

Resolved, That if such commission be effective, the Conferences 
thus added to our Church shall have the right of representation in 
the next General Conference. 



On motion of R. S. Foster, the Conference resolved 
to hear Rev. Dr. Holdich in relation to the American 
Bible Society immediately at the close of Rev. Mr. 
Jones's address. 

H. Sheer moved, that when the Conference adjourns 
it adjourn to meet at half past seven o'clock, which 
motion was laid on the table, 
nev. s. t. -Jones Rev. S. T. Jones, delegate from the African Meth- 
the Confer- odist Episcopal Zion Church, took leave of the Con- 
ference in a brief address. 

[For Address, see Appendix B, XXXI.] 



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The report of the Committee on the American Bible ]M»y 35. 
Society, presented May 22, was taken up, and after Twentieth 
the Conference had listened to an address from the 
Rev. Dr. Holdich, the report, comprising the following 
resolutions, was adopted : 

Resolved, 1. By the General Conference of the Methodist Episcopal American Bible 
Church, that the relations of our Church to the American Bible Society. 
Society have been most salutary in their operations and results, and 
we gladly recognize that Society as an efficient agency for the dif- 
fusion of the Holy Scriptures throughout the world. 

Resolved, 2. That we congratulate our people in view of their 
steady and persistent liberality toward that Society, and we com- 
mend it to their contimmed confidence and beneficence. 

[For Report as adopted, see Appendix N.] 
On motion, the time of the session was extended. 
On motion of R. S. Foster, the following resolution 
was adopted : 

Resolved, That this General Conference has heard with great Jos. Holdich. 
pleasure the voice of our esteemed brother, Rev. Jos. Holdich, D. D., 
the senior Secretary of the American Bible Society, and rejoice in 
his continued health and strength for the great work committed to 
his care. 

At the request of Richard Haney, W. H. Hunter w. n. Hunter 
was excused from the Court of Appeals and appointed an * ltc ie ' 
on the Committee on Itinerancy, and H. Ritchie 
was excused from the Committe on Itinerancy and 
appointed on the Court of Appeals. 

On motion, the regular order of business was sus- 
pended to receive reports from the standing com- 
mittees. 



COMMITTEE ON THE BOOK CONCERN. 

I. W. Wiley, Chairman, presented Report No. X, 
which was laid on the table to be printed. 



COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION. 



J. M'Clintock, Chairman, presented Reports Nos. II Committee on 

1 l Education. 

and III, which were laid on the table to be printed. 



COMMITTEE ON SUNDAY-SCHOOLS AND TRACTS. Sunday-Schools 

and Tracts. 

Daniel Wise, Chairman, presented Reports Nos. Ill, 
IV, V, VI, which were laid on the table to be printed. 



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May 25. 

Twentieth COMMITTEE ON THE STATE OF THE CHURCH. 

Day. 

Report of the £,. D. Barrows presented Reports Nos. II, III, which 

Committee on p L l 

the state of the were laid on the table to be printed. 

Church. 

Committee on The Committee on Appeals, through G. B. Jocelyn, 
Appeals. Secretary, Report No. VII : 

JohnThnrsh. John Tlmrsh, late a member of the Baltimore Conference, was 

tried by the said Conference on a charge of mal-administration, 
which charge was sustained, from which decision he appealed. 

The Committee on Appeals, having inquired into the case of the 
said Thursh, resolved that the judgment of the Baltimore Conference 
in his case be reversed. 



Eeport of Com- 
mittee on Lo- 
cal Preachers. 



COMMITTEE ON LOCAL PREACHERS. 

S. II. Nesbit presented Report No. I, which was 
laid on the table to be printed. 



Eeport of Com- 
mittee on To- 
bacco. 



Manuscripts of 
Bishop Ham- 
line. 



Rev. Mr. Pun- 
shon's poems. 



Resolution of 
thanks for the 
excursion to 
Evanston. 



COMMITTEE ON TOBACCO. 

James Cunningham presented a report on tobacco, 
which w r as laid on the table. 

A. Lowry offered the following preamble and reso- 
lution, which were adopted : 

Whereas, We learn that the manuscript theological, literary, and 
religious works of Rev. L. L. Hamline, D. D., late Bishop in the 
Methodist Episcopal Church, have been placed in the hands of Rev. 
Dr. Hibbard, to be edited for publication, and are now nearly ready 
for the press ; therefore, 

Resolved, That from the known piety, genius, and high culture of 
the lamented author, we commend the purpose to publish his lit- 
erary remains under judicious editorship, believing that they would 
be valuable to the Church. 

J. M'Clintock offered the following resolution, which 
was referred to the Committee on the Book Concern, 
namely: 

Resolved, As the Book Agents at New York have reprinted a 
volume of poems by the Rev. William Morlej 7 Punshon, the honored 
delegate to this body from the British Wesleyan Conference, that 
they be directed to pay to the author a copyright of rive per cent, 
on the retail price of all copies of the said volume that may be sold. 

I. C. Pershino- offered resolutions of thanks relating 
to the excursion to Evanston. 

On motion of K. P. Jervis, the first resolution was 
amended by striking out the words " the Athens of 
the great and growing Northwest " immediately after 



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the word "Evanston," after which the resolutions 
were adopted as follows by a rising vote: 

Resolved, 1. By the members of the General Conference and onr 
honored visitors, that our hearty thanks are due, and are hereby 
tendered, to the Trustees and Faculty of the Northwestern University, 
and of the Garrett Biblical Institute, for their invitation to visit 
Evanston, for the accommodations afforded us in making the excur- 
sion, and for our cordial welcome to their beautiful town. 

Resolved, 2. That we heartily sympathize with them in their efforts 
to place the noble institutions committed to their care on a broad 
and enduring basis, so that they shall endure for the ages, and their 
benign influence be felt not only in every part of our land, but in 
every quarter of the globe, and earnestly pray that God's abiding 
benedictions may rest upon them. 

On motion of T. M. Eddy, the Conference ad- 
journed, the Benediction being pronounced by Rev. 
J. Holdich, D. D. 



May 2o. 

Twentieth 
Day. 



TUESDAY MORNING, MAY 26. 

Conference met this morning, Bishop Clark in the 
chair. 

The religious services were conducted by C. S. 
Vancleve, of the Newark Conference. 

The Journal of yesterday was read and approved. 

G. L. Mulfinger offered the following paper, which 
was adopted : 

Whereas, Rev. F. Schuler has been called away from the General 
Conference by very pressing circumstances ; and 

W/iereas, Rev. C. A. Loeber, the first reserve delegate of the 
Northwestern German Conference, is now present to take Rev. F. 
Schuler's place ; therefore, 

Resolved, That Rev. C. A. Loeber be recognized as a member of 
this General Conference, and be appointed to take Rev. F. Schuler's 
place on the Committees. 



]May 36. 

twenty-fibst 

Day. 

Morning. 



C. A. Loeber 
takes the place 
ofF. Schuler. 



On motion of "W. L. Harris, the order of business Order of busi - 

UGSS SUSPCUli- 

was suspended to receive reports from the Committees, ed. 
to be laid on the table and be printed. 

I. W. Wiley presented Reports Nos. XI, XII, XIII, p ^ d s pre ' 
and XIV of the Committee on the Book Concern. 
B. F. Crary presented Report No. IV of the Com- 
mittee on Revisals. T. Bowman presented Report 
No. I of the Committee on Freedmen. J. T. Peck 
presented Reports Nos. VI, VII, VIII, and IX of the 
Committee on Itinerancy. 

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May 26. The reports above named were laid on the table to 

TWENTT^FIEST b g p^ed. 

Moming. G. B. Jocelyn presented the following reports from 

the Court of Appeals to be inserted in the Journal, 
namely : 



Reports on Ap- 
peals. 

C. G. Ferris. 



REPORT NO. VIII. 

The Committee on Appeals has instructed me to report as fol- 
lows : 

Charles G. Ferris, a member of the Central Ohio Conference, was 
tried by the said Conference on charges of immorality, and the said 
C. G. Ferris was expelled from the Methodist Episcopal Church by 
the said Conference, from which decision he appealed. 

The Committee on Appeals having inquired into the case of the 
said Ferris, has resolved that the decision of the Central Ohio Con- 
ference in the case of C. G. Ferris be and the same is hereby 
reversed. 



REPORT NO. IX. 

The Committee on Appeals has instructed me to report as fol- 
lows: 
B. F. Wilson. The papers in the case of B. F. Wilson, a Local Preacher within 

the bounds of the Newark Conference, were examined by the Com- 
mittee, and it was decided that the Committee had no jurisdiction in 
the case, and the Secretary was directed to return the papers to J. 
T. Crane. 



REPORT NO. X. 

The Committee on Appeals has instructed me to report as 
follows : 
N. L. Phillips. X. L. Phillips, a member of the Des Moines Annual Conference, 
was tried by the said Conference on a charge of gross immorality, 
and expelled from the Methodist Episcopal Church by said Confer- 
ence, from which decision he appealed. 

The Committee on Appeals having inquired into the case of the 
said N. L. Phillips, has resolved that the decision of the Des Moines 
Annual Conference be and it is hereby affirmed. 

E. H. Waring presented the following report from 
'the Committee on Appeals for insertion in the 
Journal, namely : 

REPORT NO. XI. 

The Committee on Appeals has instructed me to report as 
follows : 
Isaac Aiken. Isaac Aiken, a member of the Pittsburgh Conference, was tried 

by the said Conference on charges of immorality and unchristian 
conduct, falsehood, and slander, on which charges he was expelled 
from the ministry and membership of the Methodist Episcopal 
Church, from which decision he appealed. 

The Committee, having inquired into the case of the said Isaac 
Aiken, have resolved that the decision of the Pittsburgh Con- 
ference in his case be affirmed. 



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B. N\ Spain- presented the Report of the Committee JMay 20. 

en Benevolent Collections, and J. B. Wakeley pre- T " E g r i T v PIR3T 

sented the Report of the Committee on the John-street Morning. 

Methodist Episcopal Church, and they were laid on tmivL pre 
the table to be printed. 



COMMITTEE ON ITINERANCY. 

On motion of J. T. Peck, the suspension of the rule Delegate from 
was continued for the purpose of taking up the item e nce? 
of the Report of the Committee on Itinerancy relating 
to the admission of the Delegate from the India Mis- 
sion Conference. 

The item of the report was then read, and, on 
motion of W. L. Harris, the Bishops were invited to 
give their views on this subject to the General Con- 
ference. 

F. G. Hibbard offered the following substitute for 
the first resolution of the Report of "the Committee on 
Itinerancy concerning Mission Conferences : 

Resolved, That the restrictions now laid on the foreign Mission 
Conferences be so far removed that they shall be allowed to send 
one Delegate from each Conference to the General Conference ; and 
that the expenses of said Delegates to this country be paid by the 
Missionary Society. 

L. Hitchcock moved that the subject now pending, 
including the resolution and substitute, be laid over to 
be considered when the Report on Missions shall be 
taken up. On this motion B. N. Spahr called the 
previous question, and the call was sustained. The 
motion of L. Hitchcock was then put and carried. 



COMMITTEE ON EPISCOPACY. 
J. M. Trimble, Chairman, presented the Report of Report No. VII 

. ^ ■ t-i • -*t tt„ • , of Committee 

the Committee on Episcopacy J\o. VII, approving the on Episcopacy 
character and administration of the Bishops. The 
resolution was adopted, as follows : 

Resolved, That the character of the Bishops be now passed. 

The Report as a whole was adopted. [For Report 
as adopted, see Appendix, D, VII.] 



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May i20. B. N. Spain* moved to take up the special order of 
Twe dat FIEST the day, namely, the election of the officers of the 
Morning. General Conference, which motion prevailed. 

Election of the o -vr i i i i i i 

officers of the -1*. -Nelson moved, as a substitute, that the election 

nee made of General Conference officers be made the order of 

day fur e Frfday the day for Friday morning next at ten o'clock. 

morning atteii A motion of Dr . Curry, that the substitute be laid 

on the table, was lost by a vote of ninety to one 

hundred and thirty-three. 

R. S. Foster moved that the question on R. Nelson's 
substitute be taken without debate. The motion pre- 
vailed, and the substitute was then adopted. 



COMMITTEE OX EDUCATION". 

Beport No. ii J. M'Clintock, Chairman, moved to take up Report 
on Education of Committee on Education No. II, which was pre- 
sented May 25. The Report was taken up and adopted. 
[For Report as adopted, see Appendix, H, IV.] 
Report No. in Report No. Ill was taken up, and the first item 

acloptocLesoept t j 

thmlandelev- Was adopted. 

Pending the consideration of the second item, H. 
Slicer moved to amend by making the quorum seven 
instead of five ; but the motion was lost, and the item 
was adopted. 

Items three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, and 
teu, were severally read and adopted. 

Pendino: the consideration of item eleven L. R. 
Thayer moved to recommit. 

W. H. Ferris moved to lay that motion on the table, 
but his motion did not prevail. 

L. C. Queal moved to reconsider the vote adopting 
the third item, and the motion prevailed. 

Items three and eleven were then recommitted, with 
instructions to provide for a board of fifteen instead 
of twelve. 

A. Lowry moved to reconsider the second proviso 
under the fifth article, when, on motion of W. Young, 
the motion to reconsider was laid on the table. 
German Theo- The Chairman also presented a paper relating to 

logical Educa- * . , ■ , ■% 

tion. German Theological Education, which was adopted 

and made a part of Report No. II. 



1868.] Journal of the General Conference. 245 

TV. Brush moved to reconsider the vote adopting May 26. 

the second item of the report, which motion prevailed, TwE ^ T T riEST 

and the item was recommitted. J/oming. 



COMMITTEE OX EEVISALS. 

On motion of B. F. Crary, Chairman, Report Xo. I, 
recommending sundry changes in the Discipline, was 
taken up. 

The first item, relating to Book Agencies, was read, item No. i in- 
A minority report on the same subject, and an amend- p ned. eypa ~ 
ment thereto, were read ; when, on motion, the whole 
subject was indefinitely postponed by a vote of one 
hundred and four to eighty-eight. 

J. M. lleid moved that when we adjourn we ad- Afternoon ses- 
journ to meet at three o clock this afternoon. 

H. Slicer moved to amend by striking out three 
and inserting half past seven. The amendment was 
lost, and the original motion prevailed. 

A. J. Phelps offered the following preamble and 
resolution : 

Wliereas. J. W. Armstrong. Delegate from Black River Confer- J.W.Armstrong 
ence, has several days since been excused from further attendance 
of this Conference ; and 

Wliereas, Samuel Call, first reserve Delegate from said Confer- Eelating to S. 
ence. has. by order of this Conference, taken the place of Dr. Arm- Cal1 s es P eDSes - 
strong in the Conference and on the Committees to which he was 
appointed ; therefore, 

Resolved, That the Committee on the Expenses of Delegates be 
instructed to pay the expenses of Brother Samuel Call. 

On motion of J. S. Porter, the resolution was laid 
on the table. 

The consideration of Report Xo. I of Committee on EeportofCom- 

-r, . , , mittee on Ee- 

Kevisals was resumed. vi-ais, No. i. 

Item Xo. 2 of the report, concerning the relation of isfdon the ta- 



the Missionary Committee to the Quarterly Conference, 
was read, and a motion was made to adopt it. A. M. 
Osbon moved to recommit the item, when, on motion 
of L. Hitchcock, the item was laid on the table by a 
vote of one hundred and two to seventy-nine. 

Item 3 was read, when H. Benson moved to lay it 
on the table, which motion did not prevail. 

• A motion of A. M. Osbon, that the vote be taken 
without further debate, was sustained. 



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[1868. 



May 36. 

Twenty-First 
Dat. 

Morning. 

Item No. 8 

adopted. 
Presiding Elder 

may appoint a 

substitute. 



Adjournment. 



J. S. Porter asked that the vote be taken by yeas 
and nays, but it was not so ordered. 

Item No. 3 was then adopted, as follows : 

'■ Part II, chap, i, sec. 3, page 53, change answer to question 2, 
so that it will read, ' The Presiding Elder, and in his absence any- 
Elder of the same district that he may appoint, and in case no such 
appointee be present, the Preacher in charge.' " 

Time of adjournment having come, Conference 
closed with the Benediction by T. J. Thompson, of the 
Philadelphia Conference. 



Afternoon. 



J.W. Talley and 
J. W. Yarbor- 
ough excused. 



TUESDAY AFTERNOON, MAY 26. 

Conference met, Bishop Simpson in the chair. The 
religious services were conducted by J. C. Harrison, of 
the Kentucky Conference. 

The Journal of the morning session was read and 
approved. 

T. H. Pearne asked leave of absence for the remain- 
der of the session for John W. Talley, of Alabama 
Conference, and of John W. Yarborough, of Georgia 
Conference, both on account of ill-health, and the re- 
j. h. Caldwell quest was granted. He also asked that John H. Cald- 
well, reserve delegate from the Georgia Conference, be 
admitted to the Conference and the Committees in the 
place of J. W. Yarborough, and it was granted. 

J. P. Newman asked leave of absence for Joseph 
Welch, of Texas Conference, on account of officia 1 
duties requiring his attention, and the request was 
granted. 



J. Welch 
cused. 



Consideration 
of the Keport 
of Committee 
on Eevisals, 
No. I.resumed. 

Item No. 2 tak- 
en up. 



An amendment 
moved. 



COMMITTEE ON REVISALS. 

The consideration of the Report No. I of the Com- 
mittee on Revisals was resumed. 

W. L. Harris moved to take up the second item of 
the report, relating to the Missionary Committee being 
members of the Quarterly Conference, which had pre- 
viously been laid on the table, and the motion pre- 
vailed by a vote of ninety -three to eighty-two. 

He then moved to amend by inserting the words 
Missionary Committee after the word "Trustees;" 



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so that the clause referred to (Part II, chap, i, May s^o. 
sec. 3, quest. 1, ans. 1, page 53 of the Discipline) TwE> ^-F 1B: = T 
shall read, " Of all the Traveling and Local Preach- Afternoon. 
ers, Exhorters, Stewards, Class Leaders, Trustees, and 
Missionary Committee," etc. D. Curry moved to 
amend by inserting Tract Committee and Sunday- 
School Visitors, which amendment was laid on the table. 
A motion by 6. W. Woodruff to indefinitely postpone 
the whole subject was lost by a count vote of ninety- 
four to one hundred and seven. A call for the pre- 
vious question by J. C. Reed was sustained. The vote 
being taken on the main question, it stood one hun- Amendment 
clrecl and three to one hundred and three, so the amend- 
ment was lost. A member claimed that he had voted 
in the affirmative, but that his vote had not been 
counted, whereupon a motion was made that the vote 
be taken over again ; but the motion was lost by a 
count vote of one hundred and three to one hundred 
and ten. The item was then adopted by one hundred Second item 

, . „ . _ „ . adopted. 

and twenty-nine affirmative votes, as follows, namely: 

Part II, chap, ii, sec. 3, page 53, strike out the last sentence in 
the answer to question 1st. • 

The fourth item of the report, relating: to giving: no- Fourth item, 

..■»..« e , j j i t relating to Cer- 

tice of certificates of removals, was read and adopted, tincates of Ee- 

z> ,, moval adopted. 

as follows: 



Part II, chap, ii, sec. IT, page 100, to answer 5, add these words: 
" And also to notify of such certificates and removals the pastors of 
those charges within the bounds of which persons having received 
such certificates shall have removed." 

The fifth item was read and adopted, the word Fifth item 
" charitable " being inserted by consent after the word 
" sanitary." The item as adopted, was as follows : 

Part II, chap, ii, section 13, page 87, beginning with the word 
"chaplains;" change the clause so that it will read: "Chaplains to 
reformatory, sanitary, and charitable institutions, to prisons, and iu 
the army and navy." 



The sixth item was read and adopted, as follows : 

Part III, chap, i, section 2, page 113, after the word "superan- 
nuated" in die fifth line from the top of the page, insert the words 
"or supernumerary." The paragraph will then read: "And if the 
accused be a superannuated or supernumerary Preacher, living out 
of the bounds of the Conference of which he is a member," etc. 



Sixth item 
adopted. 



248 Journal of the General Conference. [1868. 

]>iay so. The seventh item was read and adopted, as follows : 

TwEXTT-Flr.ST 

Day. Part II, chapter li, sec. 13, page 88, in the seventh line from the 
Afternoon. top after the word "tracts," insert these words: " An agent to pro- 
Seventh item mote the cause of temperance." 
adopted. 

Eighth item The eighth item, relating to the report of the claims 

of superannuated preachers, etc., was read, and, on 
motion of John Lanahan, indefinitely postponed. 

Ninth item, The ninth item was read and adopted, as follows : 

on missionary 

S^ltaDto? Part V > sec - 3 > twelfth paragraph, page 233, add to the para- 
schools, adopt- graph these words: "And the missionary contributions of the Sun- 
ed. day-schools shall be reported in a separate column in the Annual 

and General Minutes." 

The tenth item, The tenth item, relating to the sale of Church prop- 

relatingto the . . . . ° . -,-,-, \ 

sale of Church erty, where societies have been dissolved, was read. 
poned. y ' P ° s A. Wheeler moved to add to the item the words : 

Provided the Quarterly Conference, within whose jurisdiction the 
property lies, so recommends. 

On motion of F. G. Hibbard, the subject was indefi- 
nitely postponed. 
The eleventh The eleventh item, relating to the marriage of di- 

item rd&tin" 

to 'divorced vorced persons, was read. B. N. Spain* moved that 
commuted. so much of the item as refers to the solemnization of 
marriages be indefinitely postponed, which was lost. 

D. P. Hulburd moved to amend, by striking out the 
word "fornication" wherever it occurs in the item. 

L. Hitchcock moved to lay the amendment on the 
table, and the motion was lost, by a vote of ninety- 
four to ninety-nine. The amendment of D. P. Hulburd 
then prevailed. A motion of John Lanahan, that the 
subject be postponed to the 5th of June, was, on 
motion of A. J. Endsley, laid on the table. G. B. 
Jocelyn moved to amend by striking out the words 
" unless the former husband or wife shall have been 
guilty of adultery." 

F. G. Hibbard moved that the item be recommitted 
to the Committee on Kevisals. A motion of C. IT. 
Owens, for the indefinite postponement of the whole 
question, was lost. G. D. Carrow moved the previous 
question on the motion of F. G. Hibbard, which was 
ordered. The motion to recommit then prevailed by 
a vote of one hundred and eleven to one hundred and 
nine. 



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Bishop Clark announced the Committee on Testi- 
monials, namely: S. Hunt, I. C. Pershing, and A. M. 
Osbon. 

L. Hitchcock moved that the Committee on the Ex- 
penses of Delegates have permission to pay the ex- 
penses of those Delegates who have leave of permanent 
absence, and none others, until otherwise ordered ; and 
tlie motion was adopted. 

On motion of G. W. Woodruff, the resolution to 
pay the expenses of Samuel Call, of Black River 
Conference, laid on the table this morning, was taken 
up. The resolution was then adopted by a count vote 
of eighty-five to sixty-two. 

A motion to suspend the order of the day for the 
reception of reports was lost. 



May 20. 

TwEXTY-FIEST 

Day. 

Afternoon. 

Committee on 
Testimonials. 

Expenses of 
Delegates. 



8. Call's ex- 
penses paid. 



COMMITTEE OX REVISALS. 



The consideration of the Report No. I, of the Com- 
mittee on Revisals, was resumed. 

The twelfth item was read and adopted, as follows: 

Part IV, chap, iii, page 159, ninth and tenth lines from the bot- 
tom of page, strike out "we adore 1 ' and insert - 'we glorify thee, 
we give thanks unto." The sentence will then read, " We praise 
thee, we bless thee, we worship thee, we glorify thee, we give 
thanks unto thee for thy great glory, Lord God, heavenly King, 
God the Father Almighty." 

Also on page 160, strike out the sentence commencing second 
line from the top of the page, and insert in its stead as follows : 
" For thou only art holy, thou only art the Lord, thou only, Christ, 
with the Holy Ghost, art most high in the glory of God the Father." 

On page 159, add to the word in italics, thirteenth line from bot- 
tom of the page, so that the line will read, " Then shall be said or 
sung." 



Consideration of 
the Report of 
Committee on 
Bevisals, No. I, 
resumed. 

Twelfth item 
adopted. 



Alteration in 
the sacrament- 
al service. 



[For Report as adopted, see Appendix I, I.] 

On motion of B. F. Crary, Chairman, Report No. II, 
recommending certain changes of the Discipline, was 
taken up. 

Pending the consideration of the first item, on mo- 
tion of A. M. Osbon, it was amended by striking out 
the words " a principle and habit of," immediately 
after the words " shall give evidence of." 

On motion of F. A. Blades, it was further amended 
by striking out the words " and concurrence of the 



Eeport as 
adopted. 

Eeport of Com- 
mittee on Re- 
visals, No. II. 



Osbon's amend- 
ment of first 
item. 



Blades's amend- 
ment. 



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[1868. 



INl.iy 26. 

Twenty-first 
Day. 

Afternoon. 

Merrill's 
amendment. 



Hartsborn's 
amendment. 



Previous ques- 
tion. 



Leader's Meeting," immediately after the words "at 
least six months in class." 

In the further consideration of this item, S. M. Mer- 
rill moved to amend by inserting the words " they 
he received on the recommendation of the Official 
Board, or a Leader with whom they have met at least 
six months," which motion was laid on the table. 

O. N. Hartshorn moved to amend by inserting the 
words "they having been six months on trial and 
having been duly recommended." B. N. Spahr moved 
the indefinite postponement of this item, which motion 
did not prevail. The amendment of O. N. Hartshorn 
was then laid on the table. 

On motion of K. P. Jervis, the question was taken 
without further debate, and the item was adopted, as 
follows : 



First item, ad- 
mitting bap- 
tized children 
to the Church, 
adopted. 



1. Part I, chap, ii, see. 2, page 40, paragraph 3, change the para- 
graph by striking out all after the word " shall " in the third line of 
the paragraph, to the word "give" in the eighth line of said para- 
graph. The paragraph will then read, " Whenever they shall have 
attained an age sufficient to understand the obligations of religion, 
and shall give evidence of piety, they may be admitted into full 
membership in our Church, on the recommendation of a Leader with 
whom they have met. at least six months in class, by publicly assent- 
ing before the Church to the baptismal covenant, and also the usual 
questions on doctrines and discipline. 

The second item was then read and adopted, as 
follows : 



Second item, on 
organizingbap- 
tized children 
into classes, 
adopted. 



2. Part I, chap, ii, sec. 2, page 39, in the second part of answer to 
question 3, transpose and change the clause, "At the age of ten 
years, or earlier, the Preacher in charge shall organize the baptized 
children of the Church into classes," so that it shall read, "The 
Preacher in charge shall organize the baptized children of the Church 
at the age of ten years or younger into classes," etc. 



The third item, 
Business of an 
AnnualConfer- 
ence, adopted. 

Fourth item, 
Formality in 
Singing, adopt- 
ed. 



The third, fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh items 
were severally read and adopted, as follows : 

3. Part II, chap, i, sec. 2, quest. 5, pages 49, 50, change the 
question so that it shall read : " Quest. 5. What is the business of 
the Annual Conferences?" Change the first line in the answer on 
page 50 so that it shall read, " To inquire," etc. 

4. Part I, chap, iii, sec. 2, page 42, strike out the fourth para- 
graph in the answer to the question, "How shall we guard against 
formality in singing?" and insert in place thereof the following: 
" 4. Should the Preacher in charge desire it, let the Quarterly Con- 
ference appoint annually a Committee of three or more, who, co- 
operating with him, shall regulate all matters relating to this part 
of divine worship. 



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May QG. 

Twenty-first 

Day. 

Afternoon. 

The fifth item, 

Committee on 

Sacred Music, 

adopted. 
Sixth item. On 

Sacred Music, 

adopted. 

Seventh item 
adopted. 



5. Part IT, chap, i, sec. 3, page 55, after sixth item in answer to 
question four, " What shall be the regular business of the Quarterly- 
Conference ?" insert the following: "7. To appoint a Committee on 
Sacred Music if desired." 

6. Part II, chap, i, sec. 3, page 57, under " Reports of Commit- 
tees," insert after the "(3) on the Tract Cause," " (4) on Sacred 
Music." Page 58. under "Elections" insert after "(3) on the Cir- 
culation of Tracts " "(4) on Sacred Music." 

7. Part II, chap, ii, sec. 14, page 91, strike out from paragraph 
five, commencing in the fourteenth line from the bottom of the page, 
the following words, " and the publication at our own press of 
Bibles, Tracts, and Sunday-school Books." The paragraph will 
then read: "5. To oversee the spiritual and temporal business of 
the Church in his District, and to promote by all proper means the 
cause of Missions and Sunday-schools, and to report to the Annual 
Conference the statistics of the Literary and Theological Institu- 
tions," etc. 

The Committee also reported the following resolu- 
tion : 

Resolved, That rebaptism, whether of those baptized in infancy Resolution on 
or adult age, is entirely inconsistent with the nature and design of |doDted Sm 
baptism as set forth in the New Testament. 

J. M. Arnold moved to lay the resolution on the 
table, but the motion was lost. 

F. G. Hibbard moved to amend by adding, " and 
with the usage of the universal' Church," but the 
amendment was, on motion of A. J. Endsley, laid on 
the table. The resolution was then adopted. 

On motion of R. Nelson, the Conference ordered 
the publication of the resolution in the Appendix to 
the Book of Discipline. 

On motion of G. W. Woodruff, the ninth item of The ninth item > 

. . Love-feast 

the report proposing to strike out of the Discipline the Tickets, laid 

. . ,. T n m. , , . , on the table. 

provision tor renewing Love-least .tickets was laid on 
the table. [For Report as adopted, see Appendix, 
I, II.] 

B. I. Ives moved that the Conference do now ad- Adjournment, 
journ. The motion was carried, and the Benediction 
was pronounced by Z. Paddock, of Wyoming Confer- 
ence. 



WEDNESDAY MORNING, MAY 27. 



IMay 27. 

twenty-sec- 
ond Day. 

Ihe Conference met, Bishop Kingsley in the chair. Morning. 



Religious services were conducted by Asbury Lowry. 

The Journal of yesterday afternoon was read and 
approved. 



252 Journal of the General Conference. [186S. 

May 27. S. H. Nesbit moved to suspend the order of busi- 

wfoDAT 20 * ness to receive reports, to be laid on the table and 

Morning. printed, and the motion prevailed. 



COMMITTEE ON MISSIONS. 

K o?°committee ^ ' *** Goode, Chairman, presented the report of 
on Missions, the Committee on Missions, No. VI. 

COMMITTEE ON ORGANIZATION OF LOCAL 
PREACHERS. 

Committee on S. H. Nesbit, Chairman, presented a Report on 

Organization of _.. . _ „ 

Local Preach- District Conferences. 

ers' Report 

COMMITTEE ON RECEPTION OF REPRESENTATIVES 
FROM OTHER ECCLESIASTICAL BODIES. 

Report of Com- J. M. Reid, Chairman, presented a report on the 

mittee on Re- .... „ -. , „ 

ception of Rep- special subject referred to the Committee. 

resentatives. 

ADDRESS OF THE EVANGELICAL ASSOCIATION. 

Address of S. H. Nesbit presented the Report of the Committee 

Association. on the Address of the Evangelical Association. 

METROPOLITAN METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH. 
ReportofCom- ^y, pj. Edwards, the Chairman of the Committee on 

mittee on Met- ' 

ropoiuan m. E. the Metropolitan Church, presented the report on that 
subject. 

The above reports were received, and laid on the 
table to be printed. 

COMMITTEE ON REVISALS. 

Report No. in On motion of B. F. Crary, the Report of the Com- 
on Revisais e mittee on Revisals, No. Ill, was taken up. The first 
a en up. item of the Report was read. 

J. M'Clintock moved to amend the item by striking 
out the words " Official Board," and inserting instead 
thereof the words "Leaders' and Stewards' Meeting," 
and that the question be taken without debate. The 
amendment prevailed, and the item was then adopted, 
as follows : 

First item, on 

Stewards' and 1 " ° n p3 ? eS 9 ° ! 97, Part ir ' ChaP ' "' SeC ' 17, Strike ° Ul tbe 
Meeting eighth item in answer to question first, and insert in its stead the 

adopted. following : 



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Journal of the General Conference. 



253 



" 8. To bold a meeting of all the Leaders and Stewards of the 
Charge, to be denominated the Leaders and Stewards' Meeting, as 
often as practicable, in order to inquire — 

" (1.) Are there any sick? 

" (2.) Are there any requiring temporal relief? 

" (3.) Are there any who walk disorderly, and will not be re- 
proved ? 

" (4.) Are there any who willfully neglect the means of grace ? 

" (5.) Are any changes to be made in the classes? 

" (6.) Are there any probationers to be recommended for recep- 
tion into fnll connection ? 

"(7.) Are there any to be recommended for license to exhort, or 
to preach ? 

"(8.) What amount has been received for the support of the 
pastor, or pastors? 

" (9.) Is there any miscellaneous business ? " 



May Q7. 

TwENTY-SEC- 

onb Day. 
Morning. 

Order of busi- 
ness. 



The second item was read, and B. F. Crary moved Second item 

t i t-» i -i • i . ,,„„, amended and 

to amend the Report by striking out the words " Urn- adopted. 
cial Boards " wherever they occur, and inserting in- 
stead thereof the words u Leaders and Stewards' 
Meeting." The amendment was accepted by the 
Committee. 

B. Pilsbury moved to amend the second item by 
striking out the words " at its meeting," and the mo- 
tion prevailed. 

H. R. Clarke moved to amend the item by striking 
out the words " they are " in the second line, and the 
amendment was admitted by the Committee. 

W. L. Harris moved so to amend the item as that 
it shall read : 



2. On page 37, Part I, chap, ii, sec. 1, strike out from answer 1, 
these words : ll Let none be received into the Church until they are 
recommended by a Leader with whom they have met at least six 
months on trial," and insert in their stead these words: "Let no 
one be received into the Church until such person lias been at least 
six months on trial, and has been recommended by the Leaders' 
and Stewards' Meeting, or, where no such meeting is held, by the 
Leader," etc. 



The amendment prevailed, and the item as amended Report No. in 

, t mi ... . , , , . of Committee 

was adopted, lhe remaining items, with the whole on Revisais 
report as amended, were then adopted. The remaining amended. *" 
items, as adopted, are as follows : 

3. On page 54, Part II, chap, i, sec. 3, from the third line from 
the bottom of the page strike out li a Leaders' Meeting," and insert 
'•the Leaders' and Stewards' Meeting." The sentence will then 
read: "Provided, that no person shall be licensed to preach without 
the recommendation of the Society of which he is a member, or of 
the Leaders' and Stewards' Meeting," etc. 



254 



Journal of the General Conference. 



[1868. 



May 87. 4. On page 101, Part IT, chap, ii, sec. 17. strike out from the 

Twenty-Sec- thirteenth line from the bottom of the page the words "Leaders' 

ond Day. Meeting," and insert in their stead the words "Leaders' and Stew- 

Morning. ar( ] s > Meeting." Also from the fifteenth line from the bottom of 

the page strike out the words "Leaders' Meeting," and insert in 

their stead the words "Leaders' and Stewards' Meeting." The 

sentence will then read : 

"11. To license such persons as he may judge proper to officiate 
as Exhorters in the Church, provided no person shall be so licensed 
without the consent of the Leaders' and Stewards' Meeting, or of 
the class of which he is a member, where no Leaders' and Stew- 
ards' Meeting is held," etc. 

5. On page 109, Part II, chap, iii, strike out from the seventh 
line from the top the words " Leaders' Meetings," and insert in 
their stead the words "Leaders' and Stewards' Meetings." The 
amended clause will then read, " to attend the Quarterly Meetings 
of their circuit, and the Leaders' and Stewards' Meetings," etc. 

[For the Report as adopted, see Appendix I, III.] 



COMMITTEE ON SUNDAY-SCHOOLS AND TRACTS. 



Eeport of Com- 
mittee on Sun- 
day-Schools 
and Tracts, 
No. I. 

Amendment of 
Sec. 5. 



E'litor of Sun- 
day-School 
Advocate, 
Sunday-School 
Books and 
Tracts, Corre- 
sponding Sec- 
retary of Tract 
Society. 

Editor of Sun- 
day-School 
Journal, Books 
of Instruction, 
Corresponding 
Secretary of the 
Sunday-School 
Union, etc. 

Compensation 
of Officers. 



D. Wise, Chairman, moved to take up report No. I, 
which motion prevailed. 

-G. B. Jocelyn moved to suspend the order of busi- 
ness for the purpose of introducing a resolution. But 
the motion was lost. 

The Report No. I of the Committee on Sunday- 
Schools and Tracts was then read, and, on motion of 
L. Hitchcock, adopted, as follows : 

Amend the fifth paragraph of sec. 5, Part V, page 231 of the 
Discipline, by striking out all that follows the word "select" in the 
ninth liue, and insert the following words, to wit : 

There shall be an Editor of the Sunday-School Advocate at New 
York, whose further duty it shall be, in consultation with the Look 
Agents, to superintend the preparation of Sunday-school library 
books and children's tracts. He shall also have charge of all our 
Tract publications, including the Good News, and shall be Corre- 
sponding Secretary of the Tract Society. 

There shall also be an Editor of the Sunday-School Journal at New 
York, whose further duty it shall be, in consultation with the Book 
Agents, to have charge of the department of Sunday-School Requi- 
sites, including books of instruction for Sunday-Schools and Normal 
Classes. He shall be Corresponding Secretary of the Sunday- 
School Union, and Superintendent of the Department of Sunday- 
School Instruction. 

The Tract Society and the Sunday-School Union shall each pay 
such proportion of the salary of its Corresponding Secretary as the 
Book Committee, in consultation with the Executive Committee of 
each society shall consider just, in view of the time spent by each 
Secretary in the service of his society. 



Eeport adopted. [For Report as adopted, see Appendix J, I.] 



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Journal of the General Conference. 



255 



On motion of D. Wise, Chairman, the Report of 
the Committee No. Ill was taken up. 

The resolutions appended to the Report were then 
severally read and adopted, as follows : 



Resolved, 1. That it is desirable so to distribute editorial labor in 
the Sunday-school and Tract departments as to leave the Corre- 
sponding Secretary of the Tract Society more at liberty than here- 
tofore to attend to the Tract work. 

Resolved, 2. That it is not expedient to remove the Tract Society 
from New York. 

Resolved, 3. That it is the duty of all our Pastors to co-operate 
with the Tract Society by engaging their Tract Committees in giv- 
ing free and extensive circulation in their several charges to our 
tracts aud to the Good News, and also by taking a collection for its 
treasury in every appointment. 

Resolved, 4. That in order to give the Board of Managers author- 
ity to make careful experiments as to the practicability of making 
colportage a power in our Church, we recommend the Tract Society 
to amend Art. VIII of its Constitution by inserting in the fourth 
line after the word "tracts" the phrase "to employ colporteurs." 
We also recommend it to strike out the useless phrase " to appoint 
honorary members" from the third and fourth lines. The article, 
if so amended, will read thus : 

Article VIII. — The Board of Managers shall have power to 
enact their own by-laws, to rill vacancies in the Board occurring 
during the year, to provide for the translation and publication of 
tracts, to employ colporteurs, to print and circulate appeals to the 
Church in behalf of the benevolent objects of the Society, to raise 
and disburse funds for those objects, and to establish Committees 
of Finance and Appropriations wherever necessary. 

Resolved, 5. That we recommend the Society further to amend its 
Constitution, as follows : 

1. In Article 6 strike out the first two sentences, and substitute 
these words: 

" The senior Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church shall be 
President of the Society ; the remaining Bishops shall be its Vice- 
Presidents, ranking in the order of seniority. 

The article, if so amended, will read as follows : 

Article VI. — The senior Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal 
Church shall be the President of this Society. The remaining Bish- 
ops shall be its Vice-Presidents, ranking in the order of seniority. 
There shall be appointed by the General Conference a Correspond- 
ing Secretary for this Society, who shall be the Editor of the Tracts. 
The other officers of this Society shall be a Recording Secretary, a 
Treasurer, and two elected Vice-Presidents, who shall severally be 
appointed by the Board of Managers. 

2. Add to Article IX the following clause, "or where there is no 
auxiliary the Conference may appoint a Vice-President." 

The article, if so amended, will read as follows : 

Article IX. — Each Annual Conference of the Methodist Episco- 
pal Church may tbrm a Conference Tract Society auxiliary to this, 
with power to adopt such measures as in the judgment of said Con- 
ference are best calculated to promote the objects of this associa- 
tion, and to form sub-auxiliaries in its several circuits and stations. 
The Presidents of the Conference auxiliaries shall be Vice-Presi- 
dents of this Society, or where there is no auxiliary the Conference 
may appoint a Vice-President. 



TSTay 37 '. 
Twenty-sec- 
ond Day. 
Morning. 

Eeport of Com- 
mittee on Sun- 
day-Schools 
and Tracts 
No. Ill, taken 
up. 

First resolution 
adopted. 



Second resolu- 
tion adopted. 

Third resolu- 
tion, duty of 
Pastors to co- 
operate with 
the Society, 
adopted. 

Fourth resolu- 
tion, giving 
power to em- 
ploy Colpor- 
teurs, adopted. 



Fifth resolu- 
tion, Officers 
of the Society, 
adopted. 



Conference 
Tract Societies. 



256 



Journal of the General Conference. 



[1868. 



May 87. 

Twenty-sec- 
ond Day. 

Morning. 

Eeport adopted. 

Report of Com- 
mittee on Sun- 
day-Schools 
and Tracts 
No. IV. 

Tract Commit- 
tee at Phila- 
delphia. 



The Report, as a whole, was then adopted. [For 
the Report, as adopted, see Appendix J, III.] 

On motion of D. Wise, Chairman, the Report of the 
Committee No. IV was taken up. 

The resolution appended to the report was read and 
adopted, as follows : 

Resolved, That the Board of Managers of the Tract Society be 
requested to take into favorable consideration the propriety of ap- 
pointing a Committee on Finance and Applications for Aid at Phila- 
delphia. 



The report as a whole was then adopted. 
Eeport adopted. [For Report of the Committee as adopted, see Ap- 
pendix J, IV.] 

On motion of D. Wise, Chairman, the Report of 
the Committee No. V was taken up. 

The resolutions appended to the report were sev- 
erally read and adopted, as follows : 



Eeport of Com- 
mittee on Sun- 
day-Schools 
and Tracts 
No. V. 



First resolution, 
expressing 
thankfulness 
for success, 
adopted. 



Eesolution sec- 
ond, evidences 
of success, and 
call for greater 
effort, adopted. 



Third resolu- 
tion, Sunday- 
School Union 
collections, 
adopted. 



Resolved, 1. That we have reason for devout thanksgiving to Al- 
mighty God in the unprecedented growth of our Sunday-school 
work during the last four years, and also for the prospect of a still 
higher development of its power, arising from the application of the 
principle of normal instruction to Sunday-school teaching as now 
made in our Sunday-school Conventions and Institutes. 

Resolved, 2. That the addition of 2,204 schools, 23,113 officers 
and teachers, and 241,819 scholars to our Sunday-school force, the 
reported conversion of 119,428 children, the addition of 159 vol- 
umes to our Sunday-school publications, the printing of 2,046,226,099 
pages of children's books, and the increase of 101,500 copies in the 
circulation of the Sunday-School Advocate during the past quad- 
rennial are significant facts, showing that the Methodist Episcopal. 
Church is wielding a powerful spiritual and educational influence 
over the children of this great country. They call upon the Church 
to cultivate this rich field of Christian labor with such diligence, 
fidelity, and liberality as shall be commensurate with the vastness 
of its opportunities and the greatuess of its responsibilities. 

Resolved, 3. That in view of the pressing needs of our Sunday- 
school work in the South, and in other parts of the country, we 
earnestly request all the traveling Preachers to give special atten- 
tion to the collection for our Sunday-School Union, and we also 
commend the claims of that indispensable and useful Society to 
the enlarged liberality of our people. 



Report adopted. The report as a whole was then adopted. [See the 

Report of Com- Report as adopted in the Appendix J, V.] 

!iay-lchooi un " On motion of D. Wise, Chairman, the Report of 

No! vi taken tne Committee No. VI was taken up, read, and 

up - adopted, as follows : 

Amendment of 

Sunday-School 0n tne c l nestion of striking out certain words in the form of a 

Society. constitution for a Sunday-school Society, found in the Appendix to 



1868.] Journal of the General Conference. 257 

the Discipline, your Committee recommend that Art. IV be amended IMay ST. 

so that it may read as follows: Twenty-sec- 

" Teachers shall be nominated by the Superintendent, with the ond Day. 
concurrence of the Pastor, on their entering the school, and elected Morning. 
by the Society one month subsequently." 

[For Report as adopted, see Appendix J, VI.] Report adopted. 

COMMITTEE ON LAY DELEGATION. 
On motion of E. O. Haven, Chairman, the report Eeport on Lay 

, , Delegation 

was taken up. taken up. 

On motion of H. Benson, it was determined that 
when we adjourn it be to three o'clock this afternoon. 

E. O. Haven moved the adoption of the first item of 
the report, and addressed the Conference in support of 
the motion. 

S. M. Merrill having spoken on the subject the full 
time allowed by the rule, E. O. Haven moved that he 
be allowed to continue his speech without limitation as 
to time. 

J. W. Lindsay moved to amend by taking off the 
restriction limiting speeches to fifteen minutes during 
the discussion of this question. The amendment was 
laid on the table on motion of J. C. Reed, when the 
motion of E. O. Haven was adopted. 

A. J. Kynett moved the extension of the time of the 
morning session, but the motion was lost. 

J. H. C. Dosh moved that we adjourn, which motion 
prevailed, S. M. Merrill having the floor. 

The Doxology was sung, after which F. G. Hib- 
bard, of the East Genesee Conference, pronounced the 
Benediction. 



WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON, MAY 27. 4fl~. 

The Conference met, Bishop Thomson in the chair. 

Religious services were conducted by Rev. J. W. 
Ross, of the California Conference. 

The minutes of the morning session were read and 
approved. 

On motion of J. M. Reid, the further call for notices 
was dispensed with. • 

The list of committees was then called for reports. 

17 



258 Journal of the General Conference. [1868. 

May 27. 

Twenty-sec- COMMITTEE ON REVISALS. 

ond Day. 

Afternoon. B F q Chairman, presented Report No. V of 

Eevisals. , ^ • 

the Committee. 



COMMITTEE ON FREEDMEN. 

Freedmen. T. Bowman, Chairman, presented Report No. II of 

the Committee. 

COMMITTEE ON CHAPLAINCIES IN THE ARMY AND 

NAVY. 

Chaplaincies. W. R. Clark, Chairman, presented the report of the 

Committee. 

The above reports were laid on the table, and or- 
dered to be printed. 

Memorial of B. Pillsburv, Chairman of the Committee to con- 
Rev SB 
Guiberson. ' sicler the memorial of Rev. S. B. Guiberson, presented 

the report of the Committee. 

W. H. Ferris moved to suspend the order to take 
up the report, which motion, prevailed. 

J. M. Reid moved to amend by inserting after the 
word " denomination " the words " consider the pro- 
priety of restoring," so as to read " we recommend 
that the Central Illinois Conference, on receiving ade- 
quate proof of his good standing in that denomination, 
consider the propriety of restoring to him his parch- 
ments," etc. 

On motion of W. H. Hunter, the report was laid on 
the table. 

J. B. Wakeley moved to further suspend the order 
to take up the report on the John-street Methodist 
Episcopal Church, and the motion was, on motion of 
L. Hitchcock, laid on the table. 

H. P. Torsey moved that when we adjourn we ad- 
journ to meet at half past eight A. M. instead of nine 
A. M. ; but the motion was laid on the table. . 

REPORT ON LAY REPRESENTATION. 

Keport of Com- On motion of L. R. Thayer, the order of the 
Representation day, namely, the Report on Lay Representation, was 

taken np. . ■, 

taken up. 



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Journal of the General Conference. 



259 



May 27. 

Twenty-sec- 
ond Day. 

Afternoon. 

Report on 

Boundaries 
presented and 
laid on the 
table. 



COMMITTEE ON BOUNDARIES. 

Pending the discussion of the report on Lay Rep- 
resentation, H. Benson, Chairman, had unanimous con- 
sent to present the Report of the Committee on Bound- 
aries, which was laid on the table and ordered to be 
printed. 

REPORT ON LAY REPRESENTATION. 

The consideration of the report being continued, the Report on Lay 

.. AT . , ' , . Representation 

time ot A. Lowry having expired, on motion of B. 
N". Spahr, the time allowed him to speak was extend- 
ed. The time of A. "Wheeler having expired, J. Porter 
moved that he be allowed to proceed, but the motion 
did not prevail. 

W. H. Hunter offered a substitute for the report on Hunter's sub- 
Lay Representation to the effect that the question of 
the adoption of the plan contained in the report of 
the Committee shall be submitted to a vote of all the 
traveling Preachers in the Connection and of all the 
male members of the Church over twenty-one years 
of age. 

G. W. Woodruff moved that the Conference ad- 
journ, and the motion prevailed. 

The Benediction was pronounced by James Porter, 
of the New England Conference. 



stitute. 



THURSDAY MORNING, MAY 28. 

The Conference met, Bishop Janes in the chair. 

The religious services were conducted by T. J. 
Thompson, of Philadelphia Conference. 

The Journal of yesterday afternoon's session was 
read and approved. 

D. P. Kidder moved to suspend the regular order of 
the day for the purpose of introducing a resolution ask- 
ing the Bishops to express their judgment and wishes 
in reference to an increase of their number. The 
motion to suspend was laid on the table, on a motion 
of D. Curry, by a count vote of ninety to seventy-three. 

H. Slicer, Chairman of the Committee on the Scan- 
dinavian Work, moved to suspend the order of the day 



May 38. 

Twenty- thikd 
Day. 

Morning. 



260 Journal of the General Conference. [186S. 

"May 38. for the purpose of taking up the report on the Scan- 
Twe dIt THIK1> dinavian Work, and the motion prevailed by a vote of 
Morning. sixty-nine to fifty-four. 

KEPORT ON THE SCANDINAVIAN WORK. 
Report of Com- 
mittee on 

Scandinavian The report on the Scandinavian Work was then 

Work taken l . 

up. taken up and read, ihe hrst resolution of the report 

Xteu? luti ° n was adopted. 
Becond resoiu- The second resolution was amended by substituting 

tion amended a « «■ • « * -i ■» 

and adopted, the word " Scandinavian for the word ' Norwe- 
gian," wherever it occurs in the resolution. The reso- 
lution, as amended, was then adopted. 
Third resoiu- The third resolution was read. L. Hitchcock offered 
a resolution as a substitute for the third resolution, as 
follows : 

Hitchcock's Resolved, That the Book Agents at Cincinnati be authorized to 

substitute. continue the publication of the Sandebudtt, and that the Editor be 
selected by the Swedish Presiding Elders, with the approval of one 
of the Bishops ; and that the Tract Society of the Methodist 
Episcopal Church be instructed to pay $500 annually for its 
support. 

The substitute H. Slicer moved to lay the substitute on the table. 

divided and , "i 

first part On motion of L. Hitchcock, the question on the 
substitute was divided, and so much as refers to the 
continuance of the paper and the appointment of the 
Editor was not laid on the table. And, on motion, 
that portion of the substitute Avas adopted as an 

The other por- amendment of the third resolution. The portion of 

tion laid on x 

the table. the substit«te appropriating money from the Tract So- 
ciety for the support of the paper was laid on the table. 
G. W. Woodruff moved to lay the subject on the 
table, but the motion did not prevail. The third reso- 
lution was then adopted as amended by the substitute 
of L. Hitchcock. 

Fourth reeoiu- The fourth resolution was read. D. P. Kidder 

tion amended 

and adopted, moved to amend by striking out all after the word 
"recommend," and to insert the following: " to the 
Church at large the contribution of $25,000 additional 
toward this desirable object;" so as that it will read, 
" that we recommend to the Church at large the con- 
tribution of $25,000," etc. W. H. Ferris moved the 
previous question, which prevailed, and the amendment 



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Journal of the General Conference. 



261 



of D. P. Kidder was then adopted. The resolution as 
amended was then adopted. And a motion prevailed 
that the report, as amended, be adopted. 
The resolution as adopted was as follows : 



May 28. 

Twenty- thied 
Day. 

Morning. 
Report adopted. 



Selection 
Editor. 



of 



Resolved, 1. That, in our judgment, it is not expedient at this 
time to recommend the formation of an Annual or Mission Confer- 
ence for the Scandinavian brethren. 

Resolved, 2. That we recommend, nevertheless, that in arranging 
the work for the benefit of the Scandinavian people, the preachers 
be allowed to extend their labors into adjoining territory, (where 
people may be found desiring the ministry of preachers speaking 
the language of the Scandinavians,) so far as Providence may open 
their way, and the funds at their disposal will allow. 

Resolved, 3. That the Book Agents at Cincinnati be authorized The Sandebudet 
to continue the publication of the Sandebudet, or Messenger, in the 
Swedish language, in view of its importance to that interesting 
people, both in this country and in Sweden; and that we advise the 
General Conference to adopt that paper ; and that the Editor be 
selected by the Swedish Presiding Elders, with the approval of one 
of the Bishops ; and to direct the Book Agents at Cincinnati to re- 
ceive its assets and assume its liabilities, and to make it such a 
publication as shall efficiently serve that department of our grand 
missionary work. 

Resolved, 4. That, while in the judgment of your Committee, all 
foreigners coming to our country to make it their future home 
ought, as soon as practicable, to make themselves familiar with our 
habits and language; nevertheless, as the necessity exists to fur- 
nish the Scandinavians with the Gospel in their own language, and 
in view of the alleged necessity for an Institution where their young 
men can be taught and trained for the ministry among their own 
people, in a Scandinavian Institution, and in view of the fact that 
they have subscribed to such an institution the sum of twenty 
thousand dollars, that we recommend to the Church at large the 
contribution of twenty-five thousand dollars additional toward this 
desirable object 

[For the Report as adopted, see Appendix P.] 
J. M. Reid offered the following resolution : 

Resolved, That in declining to order the payment of $500 toward 
the expenses of the Sandebudet, we intended to express no opinion 
as to the propriety of such a measure, but the General Conference 
merely declined to give any direction to the Tract Society on that 
subject, as the whole matter must be under the direction of the 
Board at New York. 



Resolution of 
explanation. 



H. Sheer moved to lay the resolution on the table, 
but the motion was lost by a count vote of seventy-five 
to one hundred and four. The resolution of J. M. 
Reid was then adopted. 

W. Butler moved to further suspend the rule to take Mission Report, 

. No. V. 

up Report No. V of the Committee on Missions, re- 
lating to the admission of the Delegate from the India 
Mission Conference. A motion of W. R. Brown, to 



262 



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[1868. 



May 28. lay the motion to suspend the rule on the table, pre- 

TwENTT -THIRD -l T 

Day . vailed. 

Morning. 

REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON" LAY REPRESENTATION. 



Report on Lay 
Representa- 
tion. 

Hunter's substi- 
tute. 



P. Cart-wright's 
time extended. 



Afternoon 
sion. 



G. Haven's time 
extended. 



Time of ihe ses- 
sion extended. 



The order of the day, the report on Lay Representa- 
tion, was, on motion of J. M'Clintock, taken up, and 
the consideration of the substitute of W. H. Hunter 
resumed. 

A motion of H. F. Pease, to take off the limitation of 
the time of speakers during the discussion of the re- 
port and substitute, was, on motion of H. P. Torsey, 
laid on the table. The time allowed to a speaker 
having expired while Peter Cartwright was addressing 
the Conference, he was, on motion of J. L. Smith, 
allowed to proceed. 

On motion of T. M. Eddy, it was ordered that when 
we adjourn we adjourn to meet at three P. M. 

The time allowed to' a speaker having expired 
during the speech of Gilbert Haven, he was, on motion, 
allowed to proceed. Pending the speech of G. Haven, 
on motion of D. Curry, the time of the session was 
indefinitely extended. 



Report of the 
Committee on 
Freedmen, No. 
III. 



COMMITTEE ON FREEDMEN. 

By consent, T. Bowman, Chairman, presented the 
Report of the Committee, ISTo. Ill, which was laid on 
the table to be printed. 

C. Munger, having obtained the floor, gave way to 
a motion to adjourn. The motion to adjourn prevailed. 
J. S. Porter pronounced the Benediction. 



Afternoon. 



Time of meet- 
ing. 



THURSDAY AFTERNOON, MAY 28. 

The Conference met, Bishop Scott in the chair. 

Religious services were conducted by Rev. G. Hines, 
of the Oregon Conference. 

The Journal of the morning session was read and 
approved. 

A motion of H. R. Clarke, to suspend the rules to 
introduce a resolution, was lost. 

R. H. Robinson moved, that when we adjourn we 
adjourn to meet this evening at eight o'clock. A mo- 



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Journal of the General Conference. 



263 



tion of B. I. Ives to lay the motion for an evening ses- 
sion on the table was lost. I. W. Wiley then moved 
to amend by striking out the words " this evening, at 
eight o'clock," and inserting the words "to-morrow 
morning, at nine o'clock." The whole subject, on mo- 
tion of R. Nelson, was indefinitely postponed. 

A. J. Kynett moved to suspend the order of the day, 
to introduce a resolution to amend the Nineteenth 
Rule of Order of the General Conference, and the mo- 
tion to suspend prevailed. 

A. J. Kynett then offered the following amendment 
to the Nineteenth Rule of Order : 

Add to Rule 19 the following: "But amendments, substitutes, 
and legitimate motions may be submitted and acted upon without 
debate." 



May 28. 

Twenty-third 

Dat. 

Afternoon. 



Order of the day 
suspended. 



Amendment of 
Nineteenth 
Rule of Order. 



REPORT ON LAY REPRESENTATION. 

The order of the day, the consideration of the report pfP^eTtaUon 
on Lay Representation, was, on motion of J. M'Clin- taken up. 
tock. taken up. C. Muuger, having the floor at the c - Munger. 
close of the morning session, addressed the Conference, 
and the time allowed him to speak having expired, 
Peter Cartwright moved that his time be extended. 
A. S. Graves moved as a substitute that C. Munger 
be requested to furnish the remainder of his speech to 
the Editor of the Daily Advocate for publication. E. 
H. Waring moved to lay the substitute on the table, 
and the motion prevailed. Peter Cartwright's motion, 
to extend the time of C. Munger, was then put and 
lost by a vote of seventy-six to ninety-nine. 

C. F. Allen moved that the question on the adoption 
of the substitute of W. H. Hunter be taken without 
further debate, but the motion did not prevail. 

The time allowed to a speaker having expired Time of s P eak - 
during the speech of J. M'Clintock, T. H. Pearue 
moved that the time of the speaker be extended. 

G. W. WoodrmY moved to amend by recalling C. 
Munger to complete his speech at the close of the 
speech of J. M'Clintock. The amendment was laid on 
the table by a count vote of one hundred and eight to 
sixty-four. 

B. N. Spahr moved to amend by allowing J. M'Clin- 



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[1868. 



May 28. 

Twenty- thied 
Day. 

Afternoon. 



J. M'Clintock'8 
time extended. 



Evening session 
ordered. 



Lay Represen- 
tation Report 
laid on table. 



tock to proceed, provided D. Curry be requested to 
speak in reply, and that the question be then taken 
without further debate. 

T. H. Pearne moved that the amendment be laid on 
the table, and the motion prevailed. 

R. A. Caruthers moved that the motion to allow J. 
M'Clintoek to proceed be laid on the table, which 
motion was lost by a count vote of ninety-four to one 
hundred and twenty-one. 

"YV. Brush moved to amend by adding, " provided 
that all others be allowed unlimited time." 

B. I. Ives moved, as a substitute, that all restric- 
tions as to time be taken oft'. 

J. L. Smith moved that the substitute and amend- 
ment lie on the table, which motion prevailed. 

The motion to allow J. M'Clintoek to proceed with 
his speech was then put and prevailed. 

D. Curry having obtained the floor, B. I. Ives 
moved that he be allowed to speak without limit of 
time, and the motion prevailed. 

Pending D. Curry's speech, G. "W. Woodruff moved 
that the Conference adjourn, but the motion did not 
prevail. 

"W. R. Brown moved that when we adjourn we 
adjourn to meet at eight o'clock this evening, and the 
motion prevailed. 

I. C. Pershing then moved that the subject of Lay 
Representation be laid on the table, and made the 
order of the day for to-morrow morning immediately 
after the reading of the Journal, and the motion pre- 
vailed. 

G. Haven then moved to suspend the rule in order 
to present a resolution, and the motion prevailed. 
He then presented the following resolution, which was 
adopted : 



Commission on 
union of Meth- 
odist Churches. 



Resolved, That the Commission ordered by the General Confer- 
ence to confer with a like Commission from the African M. E. Zion 
Church, to arrange for the union of that body with our own, be also 
empowered to treat with a similar Commission from any other 
Methodist Church that may desire a like union. 



Committee of 
Conference on 

tftion. epreseu ' J. B. Dobbins, R. S. Foster, E. S. Fuller, J. T. Peck, 



I. C. Pershing moved that E. O. Haven, D. Curry, 



1868.] Journal of the General Conference. 265 

J. M'Clintock, S. M. Merrill, W. H. Hunter, and C. May 38. 

Mnnger be appointed a Committee of Conference on *e^-thibd 

the subject of Lay Representation, with a view to Afternoon. 

prepare a plan to present to the Conference, and to 

report to-morrow morning. The motion prevailed, 

and the Committee was constituted of the persons 

named. 

W. L. Harris read a communication from Dr. E. Communication 

of Dr.Kyerson. 

Ryerson, fraternal Delegate from the Canada "Wes- 
leyan Conference, which was referred to the Com- 
mittee on Correspondence. [For Letter, see Appendix 
B, XI, Addendum*] 

On motion, the Conference adjourned. The Dox- Adjournment, 
ology was sung, and Rev. B. Eaton, of Vermont 
Conference, pronounced the Benediction. 



THURSDAY EVENING, MAY 28, ***«. 

Conference met pursuant to adjournment, Bishop 
Simpson in the chair. 

Religious services were conducted by G. W. H. 
Clark, of New Hampshire Conference. 

The Journal of the afternoon's session was read and 
approved. 

J. B. Wakeley moved to suspend the order of busi- 
ness to take up the report of the Committee on the 
John-street Church, and the motion prevailed. 

COMMITTEE ON JOHN-STREET CHURCH. 

The report referred to was then, on motion of J. ^reeV church 1 " 
B. Wakeley, Chairman, taken up, read, and the ap- 
pended resolutions adopted, as follows : 

Resolved, 1. That Benjamin Weymouth, Charles H. Applegate, 
John A. Currier, John Bentley, Edward Allen, William Collins, 
Charles Ferguson, Luke Sharp, and George Spurting, be and they are 
hereby elected Trustees of said Church, now bearing the corporate 
name of " The First Methodist Episcopal Centennial Church of the 
City of New York." 

Resolved, 2. That in case any vacancy shall occur in said Board 
of Trustees during the intervals of the sessions of the General Con- 
ference the remaining members of the Board may fill such vacancy 
by an election at any regular meeting of said Board. 

The Report as a whole was then adopted. [For the Report adopted. 
Report as adopted, see Appendix U.] 



266 Journal of the General Conference. [1868. 

May S8. 

TWENTY-TIIIED 

Day. COMMITTEE ON THE STATE OF THE CHURCH. 

Evening. 

Report No. i of L. D. Barrows, Chairman, moved to take up the 
state m of ee the Report No. I of the Committee on the State of the 
oimrch taken Churchj and the inot i on prevailed. 

Ladies' and Pas- The first item, respecting the memorial of the Ladies^ 

tors' Christian /-, 

Union of Phiia- and Pastors Christian Union of Philadelphia, was read 

delphia. -O' 

and adopted. 
Rescinding cer- >phe second item, respecting the rescinding of a 

ram action of ' i o » 

General con- certain preamble and resolutions passed by the Gen- 

ference of lb*36 * \. j 

in the case of eral Conference of 1836, was read. 

antislaverylec- . , . 

tures, etc. K. P. Jervis moved to take the question on this 

item without debate, and the motion prevailed. 

A. M. Osbon moved to amend the first resolution 
appended to the item by striking out the word 
" cannot " and inserting the words " does not," so that 
it shall read, " this Conference does not approve," etc. 
and the amendment was adopted. The first resolution 
was then adopted. 

A. M. Osbon then moved, as a substitute for the 
second appended resolution, "that the preceding pre- 
amble and resolution be placed on the Journal of this 
General Conference." 

A. S. Graves moved that the substitute lie on the 
table, but the motion was lost. 

S. V. Blake moved that the consideration of the 
resolution and substitute be indefinitely postponed, 
but the motion did not prevail. The substitute was 
then accepted and adopted. 

The preamble and resolutions as adopted were as 
follows : 

Action on the Whereas, The memorial from Elkton, Maryland, signed by Rev. 
memorial of L. C. Matlack and fifteen of bis official members, asking this General 
Pck L C ' Mat " Conference to rescind the preamble and resolutions passed by the 
General Conference of 1836, censuring certain of its members — said 
to be still living — for lecturing on and in favor of modern abolition- 
ism, has also had our careful consideration. Believing that the object 
sought by the memorialists is just and desirable, we recommend to 
this body the adoption of the following resolutions: 

Resolved, 1. That this Conference does not approve the action of 
the General Conference of 1836 in censuring certain of its members 
for publicly speaking against the great evil of slavery, and that we 
hereby rescind and pronounce void the aforesaid preamble and 
resolutions. 

Resolved, 2. That the preceding preamble and resolution be placed 
on the Journal of the General Conference. 



267 



18CS.] Journal of the General Conference. 

The remaining portion of the report was then read. 

Pending the consideration of the report, by consent 
of the Conference, Bishop Ames presented a paper 
containing a plan for a Honse of Lay Delegates, which 
was read, and referred to the Committee of Confer- 
ence on Lay Representation. 

On motion of Gilbert Haven, the Secretary was in- 
structed to transmit to the parties concerned, if living, 
and if not to their families, certified copies of the pre- 
amble and resolutions adopted by the General Confer- 
ence rescinding the action of the General Conference 
of 1S36. 

G. W. Maltby, by consent, presented the following 
resolutions : 

Resolved, 1. That the Discipline be amended as follows: on page Amenability of 
100, chap, ii, sec. 17, ques. 2, ans. 5, add the following, namely: 
" Persons receiving such certificates shall be amenable, while hold- 
ing them, to the Society where they may reside." 

Resolved, 2. That the following be added to item 2, chap, ii, page 
105, namely: "This shall apply to the Local Preachers, Deacons, 
and Elders holding certificates of membership residing within the 
bounds of the Quarterly Conference." 

The resolutions were laid on the table to be printed. 



May 28. 

TwEN'TY-THIRD 
DAT. 

Evening. 

Paper from 
Bishop Ames 
on plan for 
Lay Delegates 
referred. 

Certified copies 
of Conference 
action in re- 
scinding action 
of 1S36 to be 
sent to inter- 
ested parties. 



persons receiv- 
ing certificates. 



EEPOET OX THE STATE OF THE CHURCH, XO. I. 

The consideration of the report was resumed. 

I. W. Wiley offered as a substitute for the first two 
resolutions appended to the last portion of the report 
three resolutions, as given below, which were accepted 
by the Committee. 

G. Haven moved to amend by inserting that the 
Book Agents loan without interest, to each of the 
papers mentioned in the resolutions, the sum of two 
thousand dollars per annum. 

On motion of R. H. Robinson, the amendment was 
laid on the table. The resolutions offered as a substi- 
tute were then adopted, as follows : 

Resolved, 1. That the Book Agents at Cincinnati are hereby au- 
thorized to publish the Xew Orleans Advocate at Xew Orleans, the 
Editor to be appointed by the Bishops, with the concurrence of the 
Book Agents aforesaid ; but the Agents are at liberty to discon- 
tinue said paper in the event that its continued publication shall 
involve a greater loss to the Concern than two thousand dollars 
per annum. 



Consideration of 
Report No. I 
of Committee 
on State of 
Cbnrch re- 
sumed. 



New Orleans 
Advocate. 



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Journal of the General Conference. 



[18GS. 



May 38. 

Twenty-third 
Day. 

Evening. 
Paper at Knox- 
ville, etc. 



Taper at 

Charleston. 



Resolved, 2. That the Book Agents at Cincinnati be authorized to 
establish and publish, on or before the first day of January, 1869, 
a weekly religious journal at Knoxville, Atlanta, or Nashville, 
where, in their judgment, may be deemed most advisable, the 
Editor to be appointed by the Bishops, with the concurrence of the 
Book Agents aforesaid ; but the Agents are at liberty to discontinue 
said paper in the event that its continued publication shall involve 
a greater loss to the Concern than two thousand dollars per annum. 

Resolved, 3. That the Book Agents at New York are hereby au- 
thorized to publish a paper at Charleston, South Carolina, the Editor 
to be appointed by the Bishops, with the concurrence of the Book 
Agents aforesaid ; but the Agents are at liberty to discontinue said 
paper in the event that its continuance shall involve a greater loss 
to the Concern than two thousand dollars per annum. 



Third resolu- 
tion adopted. 



Fourth, fifth, 
and seventh 
resolutions 
adopted. 



Church build- 
ing in the 
South. 



Transfers. 

Training and 
theological 
schools. 



Tracts for south- 
ern work. 



The third resolution of the report was read, and, on 
motion of J. P. Newman, the words " leading " and 
"cities" were struck out, and the word "states" in- 
serted, so as to make it read " in the Southern 
States." 

C. W. Gidding moved to amend by inserting 
" western," so that it should read " Southern and 
Western States ;" but the amendment was laid on 
the table. 

The resolution was then adopted. 

The fourth and fifth resolutions were read and 
adopted. The sixth resolution, requiring a Bishop to 
reside in the South, was read. Pending its considera- 
tion a motion to adjourn was lost. 

L. Hitchcock moved the indefinite postponement of 
the sixth resolution, which prevailed. 

The seventh resolution was read and adopted. 

The resolutions of the report as amended and 
adopted, with their numbers changed to conform to 
the previous action, were as follows : 

Resolved, 4. That the Missionary and Church Extension Societies 
be requested to render such special aid to Church building enter- 
prises in the Southern States as the Bishops and the said Societies 
shall find practicable. 

Resolved, 5. That a liberal system of transfers of suitable minis- 
ters to our work in the South is hereby recommended. 

Resolved, G. That the maintenance of training and theological 
schools in the South for the preparation of persons for the work of 
teaching and preaching in that region deserves the sympathy and 
co-operation of the Methodist Episcopal Church ; and we therefore 
hereby commend said object to the liberality of our people, and 
specifically to the generous aid of our Missionary and Educational 
Societies. 

Resolved, 1. That the Tract Society of the Methodist Episcopal 
Church be recommended to issue a series of Tracts suited to our 
Southern work, for circulation in that part of our connection. 



1868.] Journal of the General Conference. 269 

The preamble being under consideration, on motion, Ma y s8 * 

, i , • i • 1 1 • i.1, TWENTY-THIBD 

the paragraph relating to the episcopal work in the day. 

South was Stricken OUt. Evening. 

The whole report as amended was then adopted. 
[For Report as adopted, see Appendix L, I.] 

A motion to adjourn prevailed, and the session was Adjournment. 
closed with the Benediction by J. B. Wakeley, of the 
New York Conference. 



FRIDAY MORNING, MAY 29. M ayQ9 . 

TWENTT- 

The Conference met this morning, Bishop Ames in F0URTH Dat - 

a L Morning. 

the chair. 

The religious services were conducted by M. J. 
Talbot, of Providence Conference. 

The Journal of the session of yesterday evening 
was read and approved. 

E. O. Haven moved to take up the order of the 
day, namely, the Report of the Committee on Lay 
Representation. 

T. J. Thompson moved, as a question of privilege, J- F - chaplain 
that J. F. Chaplain, second reserve delegate of the seat. 
Philadelphia Conference, be allowed to take his seat 
in the Conference in the place of W. L. Gray, who is 
prevented by sickness from attending the sessions of 
the General Conference, and the motion prevailed. 



COMMITTEE ON THE BOOK CONCERN. 
I. W. Wiley, Chairman, was granted leave to pre- Report on Book 

■" ' ° r Concern No. 

sent the report of the Committee on the Book Con- xv. 
cern No. XV, which was laid on the table to be 
printed. 

COMMITTEE ON EXPENSES OF DELEGATES. 

J. S. Porter, Chairman, had leave to present the Re- ^ft^^: 
port No. Ill of the Committee on Expenses of Dele- ^ n t 8 e e g s of Dei- 
gates. It was moved to adopt the report. 

B. N. Spahr moved to amend by providing that if 
any of the Delegates leave the seat of the General Con- 



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[1868. 



May 39. ference before the close of the session without the 

Twenty- 

fourth Day. consent of the General Conference, they be not paid 

Morning. thc j r ex p enses . 

On motion of H. Slicer, the amendment of B. N". 
Spahr was laid on the table. 
Additional ex- vy. Reddy moved that if the return tickets of any of 

penses to bo J J 

paid in certain the delegates should expire by reason of limitation of 

cases. . . 

time before the Conference adjourns, the Book Agents 
be instructed to pay the expenses of such delegates 
when duly certified of the fact, and the motion pre- 
vailed. 

The resolutions of the report were then adopted, as 
follows : 



The Editor of 
the Journal to 
amend the re- 
port, 



Resolved, 1. That the Editor of the General Conference Journal 
be authorized and directed to make inquiry of the Book Agents, 
east and west, concerning the amounts raised by the Conferences 
severally which have been deposited witli them, either before or 
during the session of this Conference, and make such correction of 
the figures in this report as future information may justify. 

Resolved, 2. That Preachers in charge of circuits or stations where 
no collections for these expenses have been taken be and they are 
hereby instructed to take such collections, and return the proceeds 
thereof to the Book Agents at New York or Cincinnati. 

Resolved, 3. That we authorize the Chairman, John S. Porter, to 
draw on the Book Agents for twenty- five hundred dollars for the 
purposes above mentioned. 



Eeport adopted. The report as a whole was then adopted. [For the 
Report as adopted, with the appended statement, see 
Appendix X, III.] 



COMMITTEE ON TESTIMONIALS. 

Testimonials. s. Hunt, Chairman, made a verbal report from the 

Committee on Testimonials, and through Bishop Janes 

To s. G. La- presented to S. G. Lathrop a beautiful gold watch, 
valued at $200, in consideration or his services in be- 
half of the General Conference. S. G. Lathrop, in 
appropriate terms, acknowledged the testimonial ten- 
dered to him. 

The Committee also presented through Bishop 
Janes an envelope containing 650, as a testimonial to 

A. J. Mason, etc. A. J. Mason, sexton of the First Methodist Episcopal 
Church, Chicago, for services rendered to the General 
Conference, and a similar envelope and inclosure to the 
wife of the sexton. 



1868.] Journal of tJie General Conference. 271 

May 39. 

Twenty* 
REPORT ON LAY REPRESENTATION. fourth Day. 

E. O. Haven moved that the report of the Com- _ 

, . Lay Kepresen- 

mittee on Lay Representation and the substitute of tation. 
W. H. Hunter be laid on the table, in order to receive 
the report from the Committee of Conference on the 
subject of Lay Representation, and the motion pre- 
vailed. 

The Report of the Committee of Conference was Report of Com- 

A tii mittee of Con- 

then presented by xL. O. Haven, and read by the ference. 

Secretary. 

B. F. Rawlins moved the adoption of the report, 
and on that motion called for the previous question, 
but the call was not sustained. 

J. M. Reid moved that the report «be laid on the 
table to be printed, and the motion was lost by 
a vote of seventy-seven to one hundred and forty- 
three. 

G. D. Carrow moved that the report be made the 
order of the day for to-morrow morning at ten o'clock, 
and the motion was, on motion of James Cunningham, 
laid on the table. 

B. N. Spahr moved that R. S. Foster be allowed to 
speak without limitation of time. 

On motion of R. H. Pattison, the motion of B. N". 
Spahr was laid on the table. 

D. Sherman moved to amend the second resolution Moved to strike 

f i i -i • i t i, t ii out tnc word 

oi the report by striking out the word " male. male. 

W. H. Hunter moved to lay the amendment of D. 
Sherman on the table. 

On this motion, L. D. Thayer called for the yeas 
and nays, but the call was not sustained. 

W. H. Hunter's motion was then lost by a count 
vote of ninety-four to one hundred and thirty-seven. 

B. I. Ives called for the previous question on the 
whole report, and the call was sustained by a vote of 
one hundred and niuety-five ayes to four nays. 

The question recurring on the amendment of D. 
Sherman, L. C. Queal moved that it be indefinitely 
postponed. On this motion H. Sheer called for the 
ayes and nays, but the call was not sustained. The 
motion to indefinitely postpone was lost. 



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Journal of the General Conference. 



[1868. 



May 30. 

TWENTT- 

fourtii Day. 
Morning, 



Vote to be taken 
in June. 



Afternoon ses- 
sion ordered. 



The amendment was then adopted by a count vote 
of one hundred and forty-two ayes and seventy 
nays. 

B. Eaton moved to amend by striking out "twen- 
ty-one" and inserting "eighteen," so as to make 
electors of all over eighteen years of age, but on 
motion of K. P. Jervis, the amendment was laid on 
the table. 

B. F. Rawlins moved to amend by inserting in the 
resolution fixing the time of the election these words, 
to wit : " At some time during the month of May, to 
be determined by the Pastor and by the two persons 
to be chosen by the Quarterly Conference." 

C. H. Owen moved to substitute the word " June" 
for the word "May" in the amendment. 

W. R. Brown moved to lay the motion to substitute 
"June" for "May" on the table, and the motion pre- 
vailed. The amendment of B. F. Rawlins was then 
adopted. 

I. C. Pershing moved to reconsider the action by 
which the Conference refused to insert the word 
"June" for the word "May" in the amendment, and 
the action was reconsidered. 

On motion of I. C. Pershing, the word "June" was 
then inserted in the place of the word "May." 

Pending the consideration of the report, T. M. 
Eddy moved that when we adjourn w r e adjourn to 
meet this afternoon at half past two o'clock, and the 
motion prevailed. W. H. Goode moved that the whole 
report of the Committee of Conference be now adopted, 
but the motion was laid on the table. 

The part of the report fixing the composition of the 
General Conference was read. 

W. G. Williams moved that the word "repre- 
sentatives" be stricken out wherever it occurs in the 
report, and the word "delegates" be inserted in its 
place. 

On motion of "W. R. Brown the proposed amend- 
ment was laid on the table. 

Henry Slicer moved to strike out the word " Con- 
ference" and to insert the word "Convention," so that 
it shall read " the Electoral Convention ;" and, on mo- 



1 868.] Journal of the General Conference. 273 

tion of R. H. Robinson, the amendment was laid on May 29. 
the table. The question recurring on the motion to F0 ^STdat. 
adopt the item under consideration, T. H. Pearne Morning. 
called for the yeas and nays, but the call was not 
sustained. 

The item of the report was then adopted by a count 
vote of two hundred and twenty to five. 

The item of the report fixing the details of the elec- 
tion was read. K. P. Jervis moved to make the 
quorum in the General Conference three fifths of all 
the members, which, on motion of A. J. Endsley, was 
laid on the table. 

H. R. Clarke moved to strike out the words "lay 
and" in the item fixing the quorum in the General 
Conference, which, on motion of W. R. Brown, was 
laid on the table. 

The item of the report under consideration was 
then adopted by a count vote of two hundred and 
twenty to two. 

The third item of the report was taken up and 
read, providing that the election be held by the Pastor 
and two members to be selected by the Quarterly 
Conference. J. B. Hill offered as an amendment to 
insert these words, to wit, " On any day except the 
Sabbath," and the amendment prevailed. The item 
was then adopted. 

The item of the report providing for reporting the 
result of the election was taken np. J. C. Reed moved 
to amend by striking out the word " ten " and insert- 
ing the word " twenty." 

On motion of R. A. Blanchard the amendment was 
laid on the table. The item was then adopted. 

The item providing for a change of the Second Re- 
strictive Rule was taken up. 

A. M. Osbon moved to amend by inserting " if a 
majority of the votes cast be in favor of lay delegation, 
it shall be the duty of the Bishops," etc. J. M'Clin- 
tock moved that the amendment be laid on the table, 
and the motion prevailed. The item was then adopted 
by a count vote of two hundred and twenty-nine to 
three. 

The preamble of the report was read. J. Dillon 

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274 Journal of the General Conference. [1868. 

M.ay 29. moved to strike out the word " recommend," and to 
Twenty- insert the word " submit." 

FOtTETH Day. 

Motiving. On motion of R. A. Blanchard the amendment was 

laid on the table. 

L. R. Thayer moved to amend by striking out these 
words, to wit: " We also concur in the same." 

On motion of R. S. Foster the amendment was laid 
on the table. 

The preamble was then adopted by a count vote of 
two hundred and twenty-five to three. 

E. 0. Haven then moved that the report be adopted 
as a whole, and on that motion called for the yeas and 
nays. The call was sustained, and the roll of the Con- 
ference being called, the vote was taken as follows : 
Vote on the Re- Ayes. — Akers, Allen, Arnold, Baker, Banes, Bannis- 

port of the & » * -r» 

Committee of ter, Bamhart, Barrows, Baume, Beale, Benson, Bing- 
Lay Deiega- ham, Blades, Blake, Blanchard, Bland, Bowen, Bow- 
man, Brooks, Brown of New York, Brown of Provi- 
dence, Brown of Troy, Brown of Washington, Bruce 
of Black River, Bruce of Kentucky, Brunson, Brush, 
Butler, Call, Carlton, Cartwright, Carrow, Caruthers, 
Castle, Chaffee, Chaplain, Clark of New England, 
Clark of New Hampshire, Clarke of Erie, Clarke of 
Wyoming, Cobb, Cocker, Coggeshall, Colby, Cooper, 
Corrington, Corse, Crane, Crary, Crever, dimming, 
Cunningham, Curry, Daugherty, Dailey, Davis of Del- 
aware, Davis of Kansas, Day, De La Matyr, Dempsey, 
Dobbins, Donelson, Dosh, Dudgeon, Eaton of Southern 
Illinois, Eaton of Vermont, Eddy, Edwards, Elliott, 
Endsley, Erwin, Fallows, Ferguson, Ferris, Fiegen- 
baum, Fisher, Foster, France, French, Fuller, Fuller- 
ton, Giddings, Gillam, Godman, Goocie, Goss, Gra- 
ham, Graves, Greer, Hall, Haney, Harris, Harrison, 
Hartshorn, Hascall, Haven of Detroit, Haven of New 
England, Heisler, Helmershausen, Hester, Hibbard, 
Hill, Hines, Hitchcock, Hobart, Holliday, Holmes of 
Iowa, Holmes of Upper Iowa, Hopkins, Hudson of 
East Genesee, Hudson of Pittsburgh, Hulburd, Hunt, 
Hunter, Huntingdon, Hurlburt, Ives, Jasper, Jervis, 
Jocelyn, Kendall, Kennedy, Kidder, Kiger, Krehbiel, 
Kuhl, Kynett, Lamont, Lanahan, Larew, Leaton, 
Lewis, Lindsay, Locke, Loeber, Lowe, Lowry, Luce, 



1868.1 Journal of the General Conference. 275 

Lycla, M'Clintock, M'Combs, MTntyre, Mahin, Maltby, May --21). 
Martin, (G.) Mather, Mead, Medsker, Meginnis, Mere- powl-ra dIt, 
dith, Merrill, Miller of Pittsburgh, Miller of Wiseon- Morning. 
sin, Mitchell of Des Moines, Mitchell of East Balti- 
more, Mitchell of Kansas, Mitchell of Virginia and 
North Carolina, Moore, Morrell, Morrison, Munger, 
Murphy, Nast, Nelson, Nesbit, Newman, Osbon, 
•Owens, Paddock, Pattison, Pearne, Pease, Peate, Peck 
of Troy, Peck of Wyoming, Pershing, Phelps, Pike, 
Pilsbnry of New York East, Pillsbury of Wisconsin, 
Porter of Newark, Porter of New England, Porter of 
Ohio, Power, Queal, Rawlins, Ray, Reddy, Reid of 
East Genesee, Reed of Northwest Indiana, Reed of 
Upper Iowa, Rhodes, Ritchie, Robinson, Ross, Roth- 
weiler, Rutledge of Illinois, Rutledge of Tennessee, 
Sherman, Shreck, Shumate, Sheer, Smith of Northwest 
Indiana, Smith of Philadelphia, Spahr, Spottswood, 
Steele, Stokes, Swahlen, Talbot, Taylor, Thayer, 
Thompson, Torsey, Trimble, Vansant, Vernon, Wake- 
ley, Walden, Waring, Wells, Wentworth of Genesee, 
Wentworth of Troy, Wheeler, Wiley, Williams, 
Wise, Wood, Woodruff, Wright, Young— 231. 

Noes. — Crawford, Dillon, Olin — 3. 

Absent. — Armstrong of Cincinnati, Caldwell, Dyer, 
Martin, (A.) Mulfinger, Talley, Vancleve, Welch — S. 

So the vote stood, Ayes, 231 ; Nays, 3 ; Absent, 8. 

The report as a whole, and as amended, was there- The amended 
upon adopted. 

The report, as amended and adopted, was as 
follows : 



Whereas, The General Conference of 1860 expressed its willing- Report on \ & ? 
ness to admit lay delegates to the General Conference whenever the assorted! 110 " 
people should desire it; and whereas the General Conference of 
186-4 concurred in that action ; therefore, 

Resolved, 1. That we also concur in the same, and recommend 
the following plan to the godly consideration of our ministers and 
people : 

Change the Discipline, page 45, Part II, chap, i, sec. 1, so that it 
shall read as follows : 

Question. " Who shall compose the General Conference, and what 
are the regulations and powers belonging to it? " 

Answer 1. The General Conference shall be composed of minis- Number and 
terial and lay delegates. The ministerial delegates shall consist of p^ntm^ "of 
one member for every thirty (30) members of each Annual Confer- ministerial del- 
ence, to be appointed either by seniority or choice, at the discretion egates. 
of such Annual Conference, yet so that such representatives shall 



report adopted. 



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[186S. 



May SO. 

TWENTY- 

Fotjeth Day. 
Morning. 

Number of Lay 
Delegates. 

Lay Delegates, 
how and when 
chosen. 



The Electoral 
Conference, 
how composed. 



Quorum of Gen- 
eral Confer- 
ence. 

The two classes 
of Delegates to 
vote separately 
when demand- 
ed by one 
third of either 
order. 

Mode and time 
of taking the 
vote of mem- 
bers for or 
against having 
Lay Delegates 
in General 
Conference. 

Result of elec- 
tion to be re- 
ported to the 
Presiding El- 
der of the Dis- 
trict, who 
shall report it 
to the Bishop. 



Proposed 
amendment of 
second Re- 
strictive Rule. 



have traveled at least four full calendar years from the time that 
they were received on trial by an Annual Conference, and are in 
full connection at the time of holding the Conference." 

The lay delegates shall consist of two laymen for each Annual 
Conference, except such Conferences as have but one ministerial 
delegate, which Conferences shall be entitled to one lay dei' 
each. 

The lay delegates shall be chosen by an Electoral Conference of 
laymen which shall assemble for the purpose on the third day of 
the session of the Annual Conference, at the place of its meeting, at 
its session immediately preceding the General Conference. 

The Electoral Conference shall be composed of one layman from 
each circuit or station within the bounds of the Annual Conference, 
and on assembling, the electoral conference shall organize by elect- 
ing a Chairman and Secretary of their own number ; such layman to 
be chosen by the last Quarterly Conference preceding the time of its 
assembling; provided that no layman shall be chosen a delegate 
either to the electoral conference or to the General Conference who 
shall be under twenty-five years of age, or who shall not have been 
a member of the Church in full connection for the five consecutive 
years preceding the elections. 

Alter Answer 3 as follows, page 46 : 

Answer 3. At all times when the General Conference is met it 
shall take two thirds of the whole number of ministerial and lay 
delegates to form a quorum for transacting business. 

The ministerial and lay delegates shall sit and deliberate together 
as one body, but they shall vote separately whenever such separate 
vote shall be demanded by one third of either order, ami in such 
cases the concurrent vote of both orders shall be necessary to com- 
plete an action. 

Resolved, 2. That during the month of June, 18G9. on any day 
except the Sabbath, the time to be determined by the Pastor and 
the two laymen appointed by the Quarterly Conference, as herein- 
after provided, there shall be held a general election iu the several 
places of worship of the Methodist Episcopal Church, at which all 
members in full connection, and not less than twenty-one years of 
age, shall be invited to vote by ballot : ' ; For Lay Delegation " or 
"Against Lay Delegation." This election shall be held under the 
direction of the Preacher in charge and two laymen appointed for 
the purpose by the Quarterly Conference, who shall see that due 
notice is given thereof for at least twenty days before the election, 
and who shall superintend all the details of the election. They 
shall report the result within ten days after the election to the 
Presiding Elder of the district, who shall report the same to the 
Bishop presiding at the ensuing Annual Conference, to be entered 
upon the Conference Journal. 

It shall be the duty of the Bishops presiding at the several 
Annual Conferences, at their first sessions after the above elections, 
to lay before those bodies the following proposed amendments to the 
second Restrictive Rule, namely: At the end of line three, after the 
word '•one,'' insert the word ••ministerial," (page 47 of the Disci- 
pline;) and after the word "forty-five," line seven, same page, add 
the words " nor more than two lay delegates for anj' Annual Con- 
ference: " and to report the result to the next General Conference, 
so that, as amended, it shall read: "They shall not allow of more 
than one ministerial representative for eveiy fourteen (14) members 
of the Annual Conference, nor allow of a less number than one for 
every forty-five, (45,) nor more than two lay delegates for any 
Annual Conference." 

Resolved, 3. That should a majority of votes cast by the people 
be in favor of lay delegation, and should three fourths (£) of all the 



186S.] Journal of the General Conference. 277 

members of the Annual Conferences present and voting thereon May 29. 
vote in favor of the above proposed change in the constitution of the Twbhty- 

Churcta, then the General Conference meeting in 1872, by the fourth Day. 
requisite two thirds (t) vote can complete the change, and lay Morning. 

delegates previously elected mav then be admitted. IImr la 7 del- 

° r J J estates may be 

admitted to 

J. M. Reid moved to change the order for the time 
of the afternoon session from half past two to three A *™ n ScS " 
o'clock, and the motion prevailed. 

The Conference then adjourned. 

The Doxology was sung, and the Benediction was Adjournment, 
then pronounced by T. M. Eddy, of the Rock River 
Conference. 



FRIDAY AFTERNOON, MAY 29. -*»"-* 

The Conference met, Bishop Clark in the chair. 

The religious services were conducted by H. C. 
Benson of Oregon Conference. 

The Journal of the morning session was read and 
approved. 

S. Hunt moved that the order of the day be taken Election of 
up, namely, the election of the officers of the General 
Conference, and the motion prevailed. 

The list of absentees at the taking of the vote on Votes T recorded 

° on Lav Eep- 

Lay Representation was called, and Armstrong of reeeatation. 
Cincinnati, Dyer, G. L. Mulfinger, and Vancleve voted 
aye, thus making the total affirmative vote for the 
report on Lay Representation two hundred and thirty- 
five. Still absent: Caldwell, Martin, (A.) Talley, 
Welch. 

J. Rothweiler asked and obtained leave of absence p. Kuui ex- 
for P. Kuhl, a delegate of the Southwestern German 
Conference, on account of sickness. 

B. X. Spahr presented a paper containing an order Order of Eiec- 
for the election of the officers of the General Confer- 
ence, and moved its adoption. I. "W. Wiley offered as 
a substitute the order of elections presented by the 
Committee on the Book Concern, and moved its 
adoption. A motion of H. Slicer to so amend as to 
elect the Book Agents and editors alternately was, on 
motion of T. M. Eddy, laid on the table. 

A motion of R. H. Pattison to lay the substitute of 



tions. 



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[1868. 



May 23. 

TVenty- 
ForKTH Day. 

Afternoon. 

Order of Elec- 
tions. 



I. W. Wiley on the table was lost, and the substitute 
was adopted, as follows : 



1. 

2. 
3. 
4. 
5. 
6. 



The Book Agent at New York. 

The Assistant Book Agent at Xew York. 

The Book Agent at Cincinnati. 

The Assistant Book Agent at Cincinnati. 

The Editor of the Christian Advocate. 

The Editor of the Western Christian Advocate. 

7. The Editor of the Methodist Quarterly Review and General 
Books. 

8. The Editor of the Ladies' Repository, and General Books. 

9. The Editor of the Northwestern Christian Advocate. 

10. The Editor of the Central Christian Advocate. 

11. The Editor of the Pittsburgh Christian Advocate. 

12. The Editor of the Northern Christian Advocate. 

13. The Assistant Book Agent at New York, to reside in San 
Erancisco. 

14. The Editor of the California Christian Advocate. 

15. The Editor of the Pacific Christian Advocate. 

16. The Editor of the Christian Apologist and German Books. 

17. The Editor of the Sunday-School Advocate and Library Books. 
IS. The Editor of the Sunday-School Journal and Books of 

Instruction. 

19. The Corresponding Secretary of the Missionary Society. 

20. The first Assistant Corresponding Secretary of the Missionary 
Society. 

21. The second Assistant Corresponding Secretary of the Mis- 
sionary Society. 

22. The Corresponding Secretary of the Church Extension So- 
ciety. 

23. The Book Committee. 



The following resolution, presented by E. O. Haven, 
was read and adopted : 

Tellers. Resolved, That a committee of five be appointed as tellers, who 

shall collect the votes, and they shall have liberty, together with 
one of the Bishops and one of the Secretaries, to retire and count 
the votes, and report the result to the Conference. 



Majority of 
votes neces- 
sary to elect. 



Second class of 
tellers. 



The Chair then appointed the following tellers, 
namely, D. P. Kidder, K. P. Jervis, G. D. Carrow, 
T. Barnhart, C. F. Allen. The senior Bishop named 
Bishop Kingsley, and the Secretary appointed G. B. 
Jocelyn, Assistant Secretary, to retire with the 
tellers. 

On motion of H. Slicer, it was agreed that a ma- 
jority of the votes cast be necessary to a choice in the 
election of the officers of the General Conference. 

A second class of tellers was ordered, and the 
Chair appointed them as follows: D. Rutledge, A. 
J. Endsley, R. H. Robinson, F. A. Hester, and W. J. 



1868.] Journal of the General Conference. 279 

Kutledge. The senior Bishop named Bishop Simpson, May 39. 
and the Secretary appointed G. W. Woodruff, first ronmDlv. 
Assistant Secretary, to retire with the second class Afternoon. 
of tellers. 

The ballots were then collected for the Book Agent Bonk Agent at 
at New York, and the tellers retired to count the 
votes. 

On motion of J. S. Porter, the order of election was Book Agent at 
so far changed as to proceed to the election of Book 
Agent at Cincinnati. The ballots were then collected 
for Book Agent at Cincinnati, and the tellers retired 
to count the votes. 

W. L. Harris moved that the order of business be 
so far suspended that the Conference may proceed 
with the regular order during the absence of the 
tellers, and the motion prevailed. 

On motion, it was ordered that only two sets of 
tellers should be absent at one time. 

On motion of R. S. Foster, J. T. Gracey, represent- J. t. Gracey. 
ative of the India Mission Conference, was invited to 
a seat within the bar of the General Conference. 



REPORT OF COMMITTEE ON ITINERANCY, NO. IV. 

J. T. Peck, Chairman, moved to take up the Report Eeport of Com- 
of the Committee on Itinerancy No. IV, referring to SlSeyiskrv; 
Mission Conferences, and the motion prevailed. Mission 8 Con° 

L. Hitchcock moved that so much of the report of fences, taken 
the Committee on Missions No. V as relates to the 
same subject be taken up in connection with this re- 
port of the Committee on Itinerancy, which motion 
was adopted. 

J. T. Peck, with the acquiescence of the Chairman substitute of- 
of the Committee on Missions, presented three resolu- p™£ by J - T - 
tions as a substitute for the first resolution of the report 
No. IV of the Committee on Itinerancy. 

On motion of J. M'Clintock, J. T. Gracey was 
requested to speak on the subject before the Con- 
ference. 

The tellers having returned, Bishop Clark announced Book Agent at 
the result of the vote for Book Agent at Cincinnati, 
as follows : 



280 



Journal of the General Conference. 



[1868. 



May 39. 

Twenty- 
fourth Day. 
Afternoon. 

L. Hitchcock 

elected. 
Book Agent at 

New York. 



T. Carlton 
elected. 

Assistant Book 
Agent at New 
York. 



Assistant Book 
Agent at Cin- 
cinnati. 



Substitute for 
Eeport on Itin- 
erancy No. IV 
resumed. 

L. Hitchcock 
moves to 
amend Peck's 
substitute. 



Assistant Book 
Agent at Cin- 
cinnati. 



J. M. Walden 
elected. 



Editor of Chris- 
tian Advocate. 



Assistant Book 
Agent at New 
York. 



Whole number of votes cast, 233. Necessary to a 
choice, 117. 

L. Hitchcock having received 193 votes, was de- 
clared elected Book Agent at Cincinnati. 

The tellers of the vote for Book Agent at New 
York having returned, Bishop Clark announced the 
result as follows : 

Whole number of votes cast, 233. Necessary to a 
choice, 117. 

T. Carlton having received 173 votes, was declared 
elected Book Agent at New York. 

The ballots were then collected for the Assistant 
Book Agent at New York, and the tellers retired to 
count the votes. 

The ballots were also collected for the Assistant 
Book Agent at Cincinnati, and the tellers retired to 
count the votes. 

The consideration of the substitute for the Report 
No. IV of the Committee on Itinerancy was resumed, 
aud L. Hitchcock moved to amend the second resolu- 
tion by adding thereto these words, to wit : " Pro- 
vided that the Missionary Board provide for the 
expenses of Delegates from such Conferences." 

The tellers of the vote for Assistant Book Agent 
at Cincinnati having returned, the vote was announced 
as follows : 

Whole number of votes cast, 229. Necessary to a 
choice, 115. 

J. M. Walden having received 153 votes, was de- 
clared elected Assistant Book Agent at Cincinnati. 

The ballots were then collected for the Editor of the 
Christian Advocate, and the tellers retired to count 
the votes. 

The tellers of the vote for Assistant Book Assent at 
New York having returned, the vote was announced 
as follows : 

Whole number of votes cast, 233. Necessary to a 
choice, 117. 

No one having received a majority of the votes cast 
there was no election. Another vote was ordered, the 
ballots were collected, and the tellers retired to count 
the votes. 



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Journal of the General Conference. 



281 



On motion of T. M. Eddy, it was resolved that 
when the Conference shall adjourn it adjourn to meet 
this evening at eight o'clock. 

The tellers having returned, Bishop Simpson an- 
nounced the vote for Editor of the Christian Advocate 
as follows : 

Whole number of votes cast, 229. Necessary to a 
choice, 115. 

D. Curry having received 162 votes, was declared 
elected Editor of the Christian Advocate. 

The ballots were then collected for Editor of the 
Western Christian Advocate, and the tellers retired to 
count the votes. 

The tellers having returned, Bishop Kingsley an- 
nounced the result of the ballot for Assistant Book 
Agent at New York as follows : 

Whole number of votes cast, 231. Necessary to a 
choice, 116. 

No one having a majority of the votes cast there 
was no election ; and, another ballot having been 
ordered, the tellers collected the ballots and retired 
to count the votes. 

The tellers having returned, Bishop Simpson an- 
nounced the result of the ballot for Editor of the 
Western Christian Advocate, as follows : 

Whole number of votes cast, 225. Necessary to a 
choice, 113. 

No one having received a majority of the votes cast, 
another ballot was ordered. The tellers collected the 
ballots, and retired to count the votes. 

The tellers having returned, Bishop Kingsley an- 
nounced the result of the ballot for Assistant Book 
Agent at New York, as follows : 

Whole number of votes cast, 230. Necessary to a 
choice, 116. 

John Lanahan having received 153 votes, was 
declared elected Assistant Book Agent at New 
York. 

The ballots were then collected for Editor of the 
Quarterly Review, and the tellers retired to count the 
votes. 

On motion of A. M. Osbon, it was agreed that when 



M!ay 29, 

TwENTY- 

fodrth Day. 
Afternoon. 

Evening session 
ordered. 

Editor of Chris- 
tian Advocate. 



D. Carry elect- 
ed. 



Editor of West- 
ern Christian 
Advocate. 



Assistant Book 
Agent at New 
York. 



Editor of West- 
ern Christian 
Advocate. 



Assistant Book 
Agent at New 
York. 



J. Lanahan 
elected. 



Editor of Quar- 
terly Review. 



2S2 



Journal of the General Conference. 



[1868. 



May 29. 

TwENTY- 

foubth Day. 
Afternoon. 



Substitute for 
the Eeport on 
Itinerancy No. 
IV resumed. 



Editor of West- 
ern Christian 
Advocate. 



S. M. Merrill 
elected. 



Mission Confer- 
ences. 

L. Hitchcock's 
amendment 
lost. 



J. T. Peck's 

substitute 
adopted. 

Eestrictions 
against Mission 
Conferences 
repealed. 

Foreign Mission 
Conferences 
endowed with 
all the rights of 
Annual Con- 
ferences. 

Their mission- 
ary interests to 
remain as be- 
fore. 



J. T. Gracey ad- 
mitted to a 
seat. 



the tellers of the two ballots just taken shall return, 
the Conference shall adjourn. 

F. G. Hibbard moved that further balloting for 
officers of the General Conference be deferred until to- 
morrow morning. 

A motion to lay F. G. Hibbard's motion on the 
table was lost. The motion was then adopted. 

The consideration of the substitute of J. T. Peck be- 
ing resumed, H. Sheer moved to postpone it until to- 
morrow, but the motion did not prevail. 

W. H. Ferris called for the previous question on 
the adoption of the substitute, which was sustained 
by one hundred and thirty-six in favor to forty-five 
asrainst. 

The tellers having returned, Bishop Simpson an- 
nounced the vote on the election of the Editor of the 
Western Christian Advocate, as follows : 

Whole number of votes cast, 231. Necessary to a 
choice, 116. 

S. M- Merrill having received 120 votes, was de- 
clared to be elected Editor of the Western Christian 
Advocate. 

The substitute of J. T. Peck was further consid- 
ered, and the amendment of L. Hitchcock, requiring 
the Missionary Society to pay the expenses of Dele- 
gates from Mission Conferences, was laid on the 
table. 

The substitute of J. T. Peek was then adopted, as 
follows : 

Resolved, 1. That all the acts of former General Conferences re- 
stricting the powers of Mission Conferences be and the same are 
hereby repealed. 

Resolved, 2. That the Mission Conferences of Liberia, Germany 
and Switzerland, and India, are hereby declared to be Annual Con- 
ferences, endowed with all the rights, privileges, and immunities 
usual to Annual Conferences of the Methodist Episcopal Church in 
the United States of America. 

Resolved, 3. That the Missionary interests of these Conferences 
shall be administered as heretofore, their relation to the Missionary 
Society being continued as foreign missions. 



original 



report was 



The second resolution of the 
then read and adopted, as follows : 

Resolved, 4. That J. T. Gracey be and hereby is admitted to mem- 
bership in this General Conference as Delegate from the India An- 
nual Conference. 



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Journal of the General Conference. 



283 



The report as amended was then adopted. [See May 29. 

Twenty- 

Report as adopted in Appendix E, II.] fourth da?. 

Afternoon. 
Report adopted. 
COMMITTEE ON REVISALS. 



B. F. Crary, Chairman, reported back the item refer- 
ring to the subject of Divorce, which was recommitted 
to the Committee, and was made item 6 of Report 
No. VI, and was laid on the table to be printed. 

The tellers having returned, Bishop Kingsley an- 
nounced the result of the ballot for Editor of Quarterly 
Review, as follows : 

Whole number of votes cast, 227. Necessary to a 
choice, 114. 

D. D. Whedon having received 155 votes was de- 
clared elected Editor of the Quarterly Review. 

The Conference then adjourned, J. H. C. Dosh, 
of East Baltimore Conference, pronouncing the Bene- 
diction. 



Report from 
Committee on 
Revisals on 
matter of Di- 
vorce laid on 
the table. 

Editor of Quar- 
terly Review. 



D. D. Whedon 
elected. 



Adjournment. 



FRIDAY EVENING, MAY 29, 

The Conference met, Bishop Kingsley in the chair. 

The religious services were conducted by J. W. 
Locke, of the Southeastern Indiana Conference. 

The Journal of the afternoon session was read and 
approved. 



Evening. 



COMMITTEE ON EXPENSES OF DELEGATES. 
J. S. Porter, Chairman, moved that the Committee Expenses of 

' Delegates. 

on Expenses of Delegates be allowed to pay the ex- 
penses of the delegates on the call of the Chairman of 
each delegation, and the motion was adopted. 

W. H. Olin moved to suspend the rules to finish up 
the Report No. II of the Committee on Expenses of 
Delegates, and the motion prevailed. The resolutions 
of the report were then read, and the first, second, and 
third resolutions severally were adopted. The fourth 
resolution, requiring the Preachers to report in the 
examination of character the amount of collection for 
these expenses, on motion of D. M'Intyre, was laid on 



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[1868. 



May GO. 

Twenty- 
fourth Day. 
Evening. 

Book Agents a 
Committee to 
estimate ex- 
penses of next 
General Con- 
ference. 

Bishops to ap- 
portion the 
amount among 
the Confer- 
ences. 

Conferences to 
make arrange- 
ments for rais- 
ing the amount 
apportioned. 



the table by a count vote of seventy-four in favor to 
sixty-seven against. 

The report was then adopted, as follows : 

The Committee on Expenses of the Delegates beg leave to report. 

Having considered the action of the last General Conference 
referred to them, they recommend the adoption of the following 
resolutions : 

Resolved, 1. That the Book Agents at New York and Cincinnati 
be a committee to estimate, as near as may be, the sum necessary 
to defray the expenses of the next General Conference, and report 
the same to the Board of Bishops by the time of their meeting in 
the fall of 1870. 

Resolved, 2. That the Bishops be authorized to apportion the said 
amount among the several Conferences according to their best judg- 
ment of their ability to meet the same, and notify the said Confer- 
ences of the sum apportioned to them at their sessions in 1871. 

'Resolved, 3. That it shall be the duty of the said Conference to 
make arrangements for raising the amount so apportioned, and any 
Conference failing to do so shall forfeit all claim for the expenses of 
its delegation. 

R. H. Pattison moved to suspend the order of busi- 
ness to take up the Report on Church Extension, but 
the motion was laid on the table. 



Agents for New 
York Concern. 



COMMITTEE ON" THE BOOK CONCERN. 
Report of Com- I. W. Wiley moved to suspend the order of business 

mittee on Book . J . _ _ TrTT „ 

concern No. for the purpose oi taking up the Report JNo. VII ot 
iup ' the Committee on the Book Concern, and the motion 
prevailed. The report was then read, and the ap- 
pended resolutions adopted, as follows : 

An Agent and Resolved, 1. That the Discipline, paragraph 2, sec. 5, Part V, page 
two Assistant 23G, be so changed as to read: "There shall be an Agent and two 
Assistant Agents who shall conduct the business of the Book Con- 
cern at New York and on the Pacific Coast, one of whom shall 
reside at San Francisco. These shall be chosen," etc. 
CalifomiaChris- Resolved, 2. That so much of the Discipline paragraph 11, sec. 
tian Advocate. ^ p art y > p age 244, as authorizes a Publishing Committee for the 
California Christian Advocate, be stricken out. 

Eeport adopted. The report, as a whole, was then adopted. [For 
Report as adopted, see Appendix F, VI.] 

L. Hitchcock moved to suspend the order of busi- 
ness to take up the reports in the regular order for the 
purpose of considering such items as may be needed 
to prepare for the elections on to-morrow, and the 

Report No. xi motion Prevailed, 
of committee o n motion of I. W. Wiley, Chairman, Report No. 

on Book Con- J ' l 

cem taken up. XI of the Committee on the Book Concern was taken 



1868.] 



Journal of the General Conference. 



285 



May 80. 

Twenty- 
fourth Day. 
Evening. 

Book Commit- 
tee, how con- 
stituted. 



up ; and the first, second, third, and fourth resolutions 
of the report were severalty read and adopted, as 
follows : 

Resolved, 1. That paragraph 6, page 238, sec. 5, Part V of the 
Discipline be amended so as to read: "The Book Committee shall 
consist of fifteen traveling ministers, to be chosen by the General 
Conference. During the interval of 'the General Conference they 
shall have power to fill any vacancy that may occur in their own 
body. It shall be the duty of this Committee to examine into the 
condition of the publishing interests of the Church, to inspect the 
accounts of the several Agents, and make a report thereof yearly 
to all the Annual Conferences, and to the General Conference. They 
shall also attend," etc., as the Discipline now stands. 

Resolved, 2. That paragraph (8,) sec. 5, Part V, page 242 of the 
Discipline be and hereby is stricken out. 

Resolved, 3. That paragraph 18, sec. 6, Part V, page 246, be so 
amended as to read : " The salaries of the Editors and Agents at 
New York and San Francisco, and of the Northern Christian Advo- 
cate, the salaries of the Agents and Editors at Cincinnati, and the 
Editors at Chicago and at St. Louis, shall be fixed by the Book 
Committee. And the salaries of the Editors of the papers at Pitts- 
burgh, Pennsylvania, and at Portland, Oregon, shall be fixed by the 
Publishing Committees having charge of these papers respectively. 

Resolved, 4. That the answer to ques. 1, page 251 of the Disci- 
pline on the support of Bishops, etc., be so amended as to make the 
duty of estimating the salaries of the Bishops, etc., devolve upon one 
Book Committee. 

The report, as a whole, was then adopted. [For Report adopted 
the Report as adopted, see Appendix F, VIIL] 

I. W. Wiley presented the Report of the Committee 
on the Book Concern on Book Committee Districts, 
which was laid on the table to be printed. 



Alteration of 
Discipline. 

Salaries of Offi- 
cers. 



Bishops' Sala- 
ries. 



Book Commit- 
tee Districts. 



Residence of 
Second Assist- 
ant Mission- 
ary Secretary. 



COMMITTEE ON MISSIONS. 

W. H. Goode called up the Report No. V of the Report of Com- 

/-( • -»«-• • mi i i ci mittee on Mis- 

Committee on Missions. Ihe last resolution of the sions, No. v. 
report, relating to the residence of the Second Assist- 
ant Missionary Secretary, was read, and L. Hitchcock 
moved to amend by adding these words, to wit : 
" With the consent of the Missionary Board at New 
York." 

B. N. Spahr moved to lay the resolution on the 
table, but the motion did not prevail. W. H. Goode 
moved as a substitute that all in the resolution touch- 
ing the residence of the Second Assistant Missionary 
Secretary be stricken out. 

W. R. Davis moved to lay the substitute on the 
table, which motion prevailed. 



286 Journal of the General Conference. [18G8. 

May 20. A. Wheeler moved as a substitute that in the judg- 
fouet E h T d1t. Bient of this General Conference a Second Assistant 
Evening. Missionary Secretary is unnecessary. 

W. J. Rutledge moved to lay the substitute of A. 
Wheeler on the table, and the motion prevailed. 

C. H. Owen then moved that the amendment of L- 
Hitchcock be laid on the table, and the motion prevailed 
by a vote of eighty-four in favor to sixty-four against. 

R. A. Blanchard called the previous question on the 
adoption of the resolution, and the call was sustained. 

H. C. Benson moved to amend by striking out the 
words " and upon the Pacific coast," and the motion 
prevailed. 

E. H. Waring moved to amend by striking out the 
words " as far " before the word " west," and insert 
the word "of" instead of the word "as" after the 
word "west," so as to read "reside west of the Mis- 
sissippi ;" but the amendment, on motion of T. M. Eddy, 
was laid on the table. 

A motion of J. Pike, to indefinitely postpone the 
resolution, was lost. 

J. C. Reid then moved to amend by striking out the 
words " as far," and insert " in the ;" and to strike out 
" as the Mississippi River ;" so as that it shall read, 
" should reside in the West." The amendment was 
laid on the table by a vote of seventy-nine for to sev- 
enty against. The resolution as amended was then 
adopted, as follows: 

A )uti nd ad EeS d* ^solved, That in the judgment of this General Conference the 

u ion opte . g econ( j Assistant Corresponding Secretary of the Missionary Society 

should reside as far west as the Mississippi Eiver ; and that the greater 

portion of his time should be spent in the frontier portions of our work. 

Adjourned () n motion of T. H. Pearne, the Conference ad- 

journed. The Doxology was sung, and W. H. Olin 
pronounced the Benediction. 

Mayso. SATURDAY MORNING, MAY 30. 

Day. 

Muming. The Conference met, Bishop Thomson in the chair. 

The religious services were conducted by C. A. 
Holmes, of Iowa Conference. 

The Journal of the session of yesterday evening was 
read and approved. 



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287 



Bishop Thomson announced the reception of a tele- 
gram signed by John P. Gulliver, Moderator, from 
the General Association of Congregational Churches in 
Illinois, now in session at Jacksonville, to the General 
Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, con- 
veying to the General Conference the greetings of that 
body, and assurances of sincere esteem and Christian 
fellowship, with the best wishes of the General Asso- 
ciation for the continued prosperity of the Methodist 
Episcopal Church. 

On motion of G. W. "Woodruff, the Secretary was 
instructed to make a suitable response to the commu- 
nication from the General Association. 

R. S. Foster moved that C. Muuger be requested to 
furnish his speech on Lay Representation, to be print- 
ed in the " Daily Advocate." 

J. Pike moved to amend by including A. Wheeler 
in the request ; but the amendment was, on motion of 
G. W. Woodruff, laid on the table. The motion of R. 
S. Foster then prevailed. 

S. Hunt offered a resolution proposing to appoint 
certain persons to cast ballots for the General Confer- 
ence in the case of offices for which there is only one 
nominee, which, on motion of C. A. Holmes, was laid 
on the table. 

The election of General Conference officers was re- 
sumed. The ballots for the Editor of the Ladies' Re- 
pository and the Editor of the Northwestern Christian 
Advocate were then collected, and the tellers retired 
to count the votes. 

J. M. Reid moved that after the ballots are collected, 
the report of the Committee on Church Extension No. 
I be taken up, and the motion prevailed. 

J. M. Arnold presented a memorial from Detroit, 
Michigan, inviting the General Conference to appoint 
the next session to be held in that city. The memo- 
rial was read, and, for the present, laid on the table. 

John Lanahan presented certain papers inviting the 
General Conference to appoint the next session to be 
held in the city of Baltimore, which were also laid on 
the table. 



May 30. 

twenty-fifth 

Day. 

Morn ing. 

Telegram from 
the General 
Congregational 
Association of 
Illinois. 



Response. 



C. Manger's 
speech. 



Order of voting 
proposed. 



Elections re- 
sumed. 

Editors of 

Ladies' Repos- 
itory and 
Northwestern 
Christian Ad- 
vocate. 

Report of 

Church Ex- 
tension No. I. 



Invitation to 
General Con- 
ference from 
Detroit. 



Invitation from 
Baltimore. 



288 



Journal of the General Conference. 



[1868. 



May 30. 

Twenty-fifth 

Day. 

Morning. 

Constitution of 
Chnrch Exten- 
sion Society. 



Editor of 

Ladies 1 Repos- 
itory. 



I. W. Wiley 

elected. 



Editor of Cen- 
tral Christian 
Advocate. 



Editor of Pitts- 
burgh Chris- 
tian Advocate. 



Constitution of 
Church Exten- 
sion Society. 



Editor of North- 
western Chris- 
tian Advocate. 



J. M. 

elected. 



Eeid 



Editor of Pitts- 
burgh Chris- 
tian Advocate. 



S. H. Nesbit 

elected. 



REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON CHURCH EXTEN- 
SION, NO. I. 

J. M. Reid, Chairman, called up the Report No. I. 

The Constitution of the Church Extension Society 
being under consideration, Articles I and II were 
adopted. 

The tellers having returned, the ballot for the Editor 
of the Ladies' Repository was announced, as follows : 

Whole number of votes cast, 198; necessary to a 
choice, 100. 

I. W. Wiley having received 159 votes, was declared 
to be elected Editor of the Ladies' Repository. 

The ballots were collected for the Editor of the Cen- 
tral Christian Advocate, and the tellers retired to 
count the votes. 

The ballots were also collected for the Editor of the 
Pittsburgh Christian Advocate, and the tellers retired 
to count the votes. 

Article III of the Constitution of the Church Exten- 
sion Society was read, and J. M. Reid moved its 
adoption. 

T. H. Pearne moved, as an amendment, that the 
word "two" be inserted before the word ''assistant," 
and the word " secretary " be changed to " secretaries." 

The tellers having returned, the vote for the Editor 
of the Northwestern Christian Advocate was announced 
as follows : 

Whole number of votes cast, 213 ; necessary to a 
choice, 107. 

J. M. Reid having received 111 votes, was declared 
to be elected Editor of the Northwestern Christian 
Advocate. 

The tellers having returned, the vote for the Editor 
of the Pittsburgh Christian Advocate was announced, 
as follows : 

Whole number of votes cast, 221 ; necessary to a 
choice, 111. 

S. H. Nesbit having received 132 votes, was de- 
clared elected Editor of the Pittsburgh Christian 
Advocate. 

The tellers having returned, the result of the ballot 



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289 



in the election of the Editor of the Central Christian 
Advocate was announced, as follows : 

Whole number of votes cast, 223 ; necessary to a 
choice, 112. 

There being no choice upon this ballot, a second 
ballot was ordered ; and the ballots were collected, 
and the tellers retired to count the votes. 

The ballots were also collected for Editor of the 
Northern Christian Advocate, and the tellers retired 
to count the votes. 

On motion of I. W. Wiley, the order of elections 
was amended by inserting after the words the " Editor 
of the Northern Christian Advocate" the words "As- 
sistant Book Agent at New York, to reside at San 
Francisco." 



M!ay 80. 

Twenty-fifth 
Day. 
Morning. 
Editor of Cen- 
tral Christian 
Advocate. 



Editor of North- 
ern Christian 
Advocate. 



Order of elec- 
tion changed. 



COMMITTEE ON EXPENSES OF DELEGATES. 

On motion of J. S. Porter, Chairman, the Committee 
was authorized to pay J. L. Dyer twenty-five dollars 
additional on account of expenses not included in his 
first report. 

The Committee on Pastoral Address was allowed 
to retire. 

The tellers having returned, the result of the ballot 
for the Editor of the Central Christian Advocate was 
announced, as follows : 

Whole number of votes cast, 225 ; necessary to a 
choice, 113. 

B. F. Crary having received 124 votes, was declared 
elected Editor of the Central Christian Advocate. 

The result of the ballot for the Editor of the North- 
ern Christian Advocate was also announced, as follows : 

Whole number of votes cast, 197; necessary to a 
choice, 99. 

D. D. Lore having received 191 votes, was declared 
elected Editor of the Northern Christian Advocate. 

The ballots were then collected for Assistant Book 
Agent at New York, to reside at San Francisco, and 
the tellers retired to count the votes. 

The ballots were also collected for Editor of the 
California Christian Advocate, and the tellers retired 
to count the votes. 



J. L. Dyer's ex- 
penses. 



Editor of Cen- 
tral Christian 
Advocate. 



B. F. Crary 
elected. 



Editor of North- 
ern Christian 
Advocate. 



D. D. Lore 
elected. 

Assistant Book 
Agent at New 
York, for San 
Francisco. 



Editor of Cali- 
fornia Chris- 
tian Advocate. 



19 



290 Journal of the General Conference. [1868. 

May so. A. M. Osbon moved, that on Tuesday next, at the 
wentt-fifth close of the morning session, this General Conference 
Moming. w [\\ finally adjourn. 

Time of final tt ot -i t i 

adjournment. li. blicer moved to amend by inserting " twelve 

o'clock on Monday night." 

B. F. Rawlins moved that the whole question be 

indefinitely postponed ; but the motion was lost, and 

the original motion prevailed. 
Assistant Book The tellers having returned, the result of the ballot 

A i '(.'i 1 1 to rcsitlfl *^ 

at San Fran- for the Assistant Book Agent at New York, to reside 
at San Francisco, was announced, as follows : 

Whole number of votes cast, 201 ; necessary to a 
choice, 101. 

e. Thomas E. Thomas having received 189 votes, was declared 

elected. 

elected Assistant Book Agent at New York, to reside 

at San Francisco. 

Editor of can- The* result of the ballot for the Editor of the Cali- 
fornia Chris- _ . _ . . . , .. 

tian Advocate, iornia Christian Advocate was also announced, as 
follows : 

Whole number of votes cast, 191 ; necessary to a 
choice, 96. 
h. c. Benson H. C. Benson having received 172 votes, was de- 

elected 

clared elected Editor of the California Christian 

Advocate. 

Editors of Pa- The ballots were then collected for the Editor of the 

Advocate and Pacific Christian Advocate, and for the Editor of the 

tian ° Apologist Christian Apologist and German Books, and the tell- 

books. German ers retired to count the votes. 

The tellers having returned, the result of the vote 
for the Editor of the Pacific Christian Advocate was 
announced, as follows : 

Whole number of votes cast, 200 ; necessary to a 
choice, 101. 
I. Dillon elected Isaac Dillon having received 155 votes, was de- 
cific christian clared elected Editor of the Pacific Christian Advo- 

Advocate. 

cate. 
Editor of Chris- The result of the vote for Editor of the Christian 
and German Apologist and German Books was announced, as 

books. ,. ,, 

follows : 

Whole number of votes cast, 176 ; necessary to a 
choice, 89. 
w.Nast elected W. Nast having received 157 votes, was declared 



1868.] Journal of the General Conference. 291 

to be elected Editor of the Christian Apologist and May 30. 

German books. Twenty™ 

The ballots were then collected for Editor of the Morning. 
Sunday-School Advocate and Library Books, and also snuday-School 
for the Editor of the Sunday-School Journal and Books sS^cCl 
of Instruction, and the tellers retired to count the Journal - 
votes. 

On motion, the Conference aerreed to an afternoon Afternoon ses- 

° sion. 

session, to commence at half past two o'clock. 

C. H. Owen moved that the amendment of T. H. constitution ,,r 

Church Exteti- 

Pearne to Art. Ill of the Constitution of the Church sion society. 
Extension Society be laid on the table, and the motion 
prevailed. 

The tellers having returned, the result of the ballot Editor ° f , 8 ""- 

° ' day-School Ad- 

for the Editor of the Sunday-School Advocate and vocate, etc. 
Library Books, was announced, as follows : 

Whole number of votes cast, 213 ; necessary to a 
choice, 107. 

D. Wise having received 136 votes, was declared D-Wise elected, 
elected Editor of the Sunday-School Advocate and 

Library Books. 

The result of the vote for Editor of the Sunday- Editor of sun- 
School Journal and Books of Instruction, was also an- Journal, etc. 
nounced as follows : 

Whole number of votes cast, 201 ; necessary to a 
choice, 101. 

J. H. Vincent having received 181 votes, was de- j. h. Vincent. 
clared elected Editor of the Sunday-School Journal 
and Books of Instruction. 

The ballots were then collected for the Correspond- Corresponding 

. , i -i » ancl First A8 " 

mg Secretary of the Missionary Society, and also for sistant Corre- 

tt a /-i to /» i •»«■• spending Sec- 

hirst Assistant Corresponding Secretary of the Mis- retary of the 

sionary Society, and the tellers retired to count the cilty™ 
votes. 

The consideration of the third article of the Consti- Constitution of 

„ ', yv, i xi • • n i • Church E:;- 

tution ot the Church rLxtension Society being con- tension soci- 
tinued, D. Curry moved to strike out the words " As- e y ' 
sistant Corresponding Secretary." 

J. F. Chaffee moved to lay the motion of D. Curry 
on the table. 

J. S. Porter called for the previous question, and it 
was sustained. 



292 



Journal of the General Conference. 



[1868. 



May so. I. C. Pershing offered the following resolution : 

Twknty-fiftii 

Day. Resolved, That the office of Assistant Corresponding Secretary of 

Morning. the Church Extension Society be left vacant, to be filled under the 
provisions of the Constitution for the filling of vacancies. 



Corresponding 
Secretary of 
the Missionary 
Society. 



J. P. Durbin 
elected. 



First Assistant 
Corresponding 
Secretary of 
the Missionary 
Society. 



Constitution of 
Church Exten- 
sion Society 
resumed. 



Second Assist- 
ant Corre- 
sponding Sec- 
retary of Mis- 
sionary Society 



Book Commit- 
tee. 

Time extended. 



Second Assist- 
ant Corre- 
sponding Sec- 
retary of Mis- 
sionary Soci- 
ety. 



On motion of K. P. Jervis, the resolution was laid 
on the table. 

The tellers having returned, the result of the ballot 
for Corresponding Secretary of the Missionary Society 
was announced, as follows : 

Whole number of votes cast, 210; necessary to a 
choice, 106. 

J. P. Durbin having received 178 votes, was de- 
clared elected Corresponding Secretary of the Mis- 
sionary Society. 

The result of the vote for First Assistant Corre- 
sponding Secretary of the Missionary Society was also 
announced, as follows : 

Whole number of votes cast, 205 ; necessary to a 
choice, 103. 

W. L. Harris having received 179 votes, was de- 
clared elected First Assistant Corresponding Secretary 
of the Missionary Society. 

I. C. Pershing moved that the motion of D. Curry 
to amend the third article of the Constitution of the 
Church Extension Society by striking out the words 
"Assistant Corresponding Secretary " be indefinitely 
postponed ; but the motion was lost. 

D. Curry's amendment was then adopted, and the 
article as amended was also adopted. 

The ballots for Second Assistant Corresponding 
Secretary of the Missionary Society were then col- 
lected, and also the ballots for the Corresponding 
Secretary of the Church Extension Society, and the 
tellers retired to count the votes. 

On motion of L. Hitchcock, the election of the 
Book Committee was postponed for the present. 

On motion of I. Coggshall, the time was extended 
for the purpose of hearing the result from the tellers, 
now out. 

The tellers having returned, the result of the ballot 
for Second Assistant Corresponding Secretary of the 
Missionary Society was announced, as follows: 



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Journal of the General Conference. 



293 



"Whole number of votes cast, 218; necessary to a 
choice, 110. 

No one having received a majority of the votes cast, 
another ballot was ordered. The ballots were collected, 
and the tellers retired to count the votes. 

The result of the ballot for Corresponding Secretary 
of the Church Extension Society was also announced, 
as follows : 

Whole number of votes cast, 216 ; necessary to a 
choice, 109. 

A. J. Kynett having received 157 votes, was de- 
clared elected Corresponding Secretary of the Church 
Extension Society. 

On motion, the question was taken on the adoption 
of the Constitution of the Church Extension Society 
as a whole, and it was adopted. 

[For Report as adopted, see Appendix K, I.] 



May 30. 

twextt-fifth 

Day. 

Morning. 



Corresponding 
Secretary of 
Church Exten- 
sion Society. 



A. J. Kynett 
elected. 



Constitution of 
Church Exten- 
sion Society. 



COMMITTEE ON TEMPERANCE. 



The Report of the Committee on Temperance was Temperance. 
presented, and laid on the table to be printed. 



COMMITTEE ON BOUNDARIES. 

The order of the day was suspended to take up the Boundaries. 
Report of the Committee on Boundaries. 

C. D. Pillsbury presented a minority report, which 
was laid on the table to be printed. 

T. Carlton presented the report on Church Music, 
which was laid on the table to be printed. 

The tellers having returned, the result of the second Second Assist 
ballot for Second Assistant Corresponding Secretary 
of the Missionary Society was announced, as follows : 

Whole number of votes cast, 220 ; necessary to a 
choice, 111. 

No one having received a majority of the votes cast, 
there was no election on the second ballot. 

The Conference then adjourned, W. H. Ferris pro- Adjournment 
nouncing the Benediction. 



ant Corre- 
sponding Sec- 
retary of the 
Missionary So- 
ciety. 






Journal of the General Conference. 



[1868. 



May 30. 

twe^ty-fipth 
Day. 

Afternoon. 



Boundaries. 



Second Assist- 
ant Missionary 
Secretary. 



Election 
poned. 



post- 



SATURDAY AFTERNOON, MAY 30. 

Conference met, Bishop Janes in the chair. The 
devotional services were conducted by F. A. Hester, 
of Southeastern Indiana Conference. 

The Journal of the morning session was read and 
approved. 

R. H. Robinson moved to take up 'the Report 
of the Committee on Boundaries, which motion pre- 
vailed. 

A motion of J. Leaton to suspend the order of busi- 
ness for the purpose of presenting resolutions did not 
prevail. 

A resolution prevailed that the Report on Boundaries 
be taken up item by item. 

Gilbert Haven moved to suspend the order of busi- 
ness to proceed to the election of the Second Assistant 
Missionary Secretary, and the motion prevailed. 

D. Curry moved the indefinite postponement of the 
said election, and the motion was carried by a vote of 
one hundred and nine for to seventy-two against it. 



Boundaries — 
Alabama. 



REPORT ON BOUNDARIES. 
ALABAMA CONFERENCE. 

The item relating to the Boundaries of the Alabama 
Conference was read and adopted. 



ARKANSAS CONFERENCE. 



Arkansas. The item relating to the Arkansas Conference was, 

on motion of H. C. Benson, stricken from the report. 



BALTIMORE CONFERENCE. 

Baltimore. The item relating to the Boundaries of the Baltimore 

Conference was read. 

H. Slicer moved to so amend the report as to except 
from the Baltimore Conference that portion of the 
State of Maryland now included in the East Baltimore 
Conference. 



1868.] Journal of the General Conference. 295 

D. L. Dempsey moved the previous question on the M!ay so. 
item under consideration, and the call was sustained day. 

by a vote of one hundred and seven for to thirty-eight Jternoon. 
against it. 

B. F. Rawlins moved to lay the amendment of H. 
Slicer on the table, and the motion prevailed. 

The item relating to the Boundaries of the Balti- 
more Conference was then adopted. 

J. S. Porter offered the following resolution, to govern Order of action 

. „ , ti t> i on Boundaries. 

in the consideration of the Keport on JBoundaries, 
namely : 

Resolved, That, in considering the Report on Boundaries, it shall 
be in order, where there are differences between the Delegates of 
Conferences interested, for each party to have fifteen minutes, when 
the debate shall close and the vote be taken, but not so as to exclude 
motions for amendments or a substitute, as in other cases, but the 
vote shall be taken without debate on the amendments. 

G. B. Jocelyn moved the previous question on the 
adoption of the resolution, and the motion prevailed. 
The resolution was then adopted. 

BLACK RIVER CONFERENCE. 

The item relating to the Boundaries of the Black Black River. 
River Conference was read. 

On motion of A. J. Phelps, so much of the report 
as relates to the Black River, Oneida, and Wyoming 
Conferences was laid on the table until Monday. 

CALIFORNIA CONFERENCE. 

The item relating to the California Conference was California. 
read and adopted. 

A. N. Fisher moved to reconsider the action just had 
in the adoption of the Boundaries of California Con- 
ference, but the motion did not prevail. 

CENTRAL GERMAN CONFERENCE. 

The item relating to the Central German Conference Central German 
was read and adopted. 

CENTRAL ILLINOIS CONFERENCE. 

The item relating to the Central Illinois Conference Central Illinois. 
was read and adopted. 



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Journal of the General Conference. 



[1808. 



]M»y 30. 

T\VENTy-FlFTH 

Day. 

Afternoon. 
Central Ohio. 



CENTRAL OHIO CONFERENCE. 

The item relating to the Central Ohio Conference 
was read. 

TV. L. Harris moved as a substitute that the Boun- 
daries of the Central Ohio Conference be fixed as de- 
scribed in the Discipline of 1864. 

J. Kiger moved to lay the substitute of TV. L. Harris 
on the table, and the motion prevailed. 

W. L. Harris moved as an amendment, that the east 
line of the Central Ohio Conference be so modified 
that so much of the town of Delaware as lies west 
of the Olentangy River, and is not included in the 
Ohio Conference, be included in the Central Ohio 
Conference. 

A motion of Alfred Wheeler, that the amendment 
of TV. L. Harris be laid on the table, was lost. The 
amendment was then adopted by a vote of seventy-six 
for to twenty-nine against it. 

TV. J. Wells moved to amend the report, by includ- 
ing TVyandott Circuit in the Central Ohio Confer- 
ence, and the amendment was lost. The item of the 
report relating to Central Ohio Conference was then 
adopted. 



Central Penn- 
sylvania. 



Order of action 
on Boundaries. 



CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA CONFERENCE. 

The item relating to the Central Pennsylvania Con- 
fence was read. 

J. H. C. Dosh moved to amend the report by trans- 
ferring to the Baltimore Conference so much of the 
State of Pennsylvania as lies within the Hancock, Alle- 
ghany, and Frostburgh Circuits. 

T. Mitchell moved to lay the amendment on the 
table, but the motion was lost. The amendment 
was then adopted, and the item as amended was 
adopted. 

L. Hitchcock, by consent, offered the following res- 
olution, to wit : 

Resolved, That in the further consideration of the Report on 
Boundaries we proceed to act on such cases as can be acted on 
without debate, and that all other be laid over by common consent 
for further consideration. 



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Journal of the General Conference. 



297 



D. L. Dempsey moved to lay the resolution on the 
table, but the motion did not prevail. The resolution 
was then adopted. 

The items relating to the following named Confer- 
ences were severally read and adopted, to wit : Cincin- 
nati, Colorado, Delaware, Des Moines, Detroit, Eastern 
German, East Genesee, East Maine, Georgia, Germany 
and Switzerland, Holston, India Mission, Indiana, Iowa, 
Kansas, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ne- 
braska, New England, New Hampshire, New Jersey, 
New York, New York East, North Carolina, North 
Ohio, Northwest German, Northwest Indiana, Phil- 
adelphia, Pittsburgh, Providence, Rock River, South 
Carolina, Southern Illinois, Southwest German, Saint 
Louis, Tennessee, Texas, Upper Iowa, Washington, 
and Wilmington Conferences. 

The items respecting the Nevada and Newark Con- 
ferences were severally taken up, read, and adopted. 

The following was presented as a substitute for the 



May 30. 

Twenty-fifth 

Day. 
Afternoon. 



Nevada and 
Newark Con- 
ferences. 



ing j 

i<_r tli 



item respecting the Virginia Conference, namely : 

" The Virginia Conference shall include all the State of Virginia Virginia Con- 
not embraced in the Baltimore and "Wilmington Conferences, and fcrence. 
the Counties of Pocahontas, Greenbrier, and Monroe, of the State 
of West Virginia." 

The substitute prevailed, and the boundaries were 
fixed accordingly. 

J. L. Smith moved that the delegates of those Con- 
ferences having differences respecting Conference lines 
be a Committee to consider such lines, and report to 
the Coherence; but the motion was laid on the 
table. 

The boundaries of the Mississippi Conference w r ere Mississippi Con- 
taken up, and, on motion, the report was amended so 
as to make the Mississippi Conference include the State 
of Mississippi. The item was then adopted. 

It was then moved that the Louisiana Conference Louisiana Con- 
shall include the State of Louisiana, and the motion 
prevailed. The item respecting the Alabama Confer- 
ence w T as then reconsidered, and the boundaries estab- 
lished, as follows : 

Alabama Conference shall embrace the State of Alabama, and Alabama Con- 
that portion of the State of Florida lying west of the Apalachicola ferenoe. 
Eiver. 



ence. 



298 Journal of the General Conference. [1868. 

May 30. On motion of D. P. Hulburd, the item relating to the 

fcNTT^nFTH <proy Conference was taken up and adopted. 
Afternoon. r g # Foster moved that the delegates of Confer- 

ence, ences having differences respecting boundaries be re- 

quested to meet and endeavor to arrange the same, 
and report to the Conference, and the motion prevailed. 
N'toois Confer- On motion of W. J. Rutledge the item respecting 
Illinois Conference was taken up. 

P. Cartwright moved an adjournment, which pre- 
vailed. 

The Doxology was sung, and the session closed 
with the Benediction by Alfred Brunson. 



June i. MONDAY MORNING, JUNE 1. 

TwENTT-SLSTn ' 

Da*. 

Morning. Conference met, Bishop Scott in the chair. The 

religious services were conducted by Rev. J. Swahlen, 
of the Eastern German Conference. » 

The Journal of Saturday afternoon was read and 
approved. 
Special order of J. S. Porter offered the following resolution, which 

business. 

was adopted, namely : 

Resolved, That the Bishops be requested to bring forward such 
items of business now on the table as they may deem most impor- 
tant for the Conference to take action upon, and in the order they 
may deem most important. 

Limitation of On motion of D. Curry, speakers were limited to 
ers. five minutes each, except in the case of Conference 

boundaries, when each delegation interested shall be 
allowed fifteen minutes, and the motion prevailed. 

H. R. Clarke asked permission for the delegations 
from the Black River, Oneida, and Wyoming Confer- 
ences to retire, and permission was accordingly 
• granted. 

COMMITTEE ON BOOK CONCERN. 

Report on Book I. TV. Wiley, Chairman, presented the Report No. 

xiil™ °" XIII of the Committee on the Book Concern, contain- 

Act of incor- \ n „ the " Act of Incoraoration of the Western Meth- 

poration of ° *■ 

western Meth- odist Book Concern," which was read and adopted by 

clist Book ' L 

Concern. a vote of one hundred and sixty-three to one. 



1868.1 



Journal of the General Conference. 



299 



The Act of Incorporation is as follows : 

Act of Incorporation of the Western Methodist Book 

Concern. 

Be it remembered, That the Methodist Episcopal Church of the 
United States of America, by the General Conference, an organized 
body representing the said The Methodist Episcopal Church, having 
a central or principal place of business in the City of Cincinnati, in 
the State of Ohio, with branches in the cities of Chicago and St. 
Louis, which place of business is known as " The Western Method- 
ist Book Concern," at a session of a majority of the members of said 
Conference, held at the City of Chicago, in the State of Illinois, com- 
mencing on the first day of May, 1868, had the following proceed- 
ings, with the view of obtaining an Act of Incorporation under and 
by virtue of " An Act to provide for the Creation and Regulation of 
Incorporated Companies in the State of Ohio," passed May 1, 1852, 
and the acts amendatory thereof, and supplementary thereto, 
namely : 

On the fifteenth day of May, 186S, Luke Hitchcock moved the ap- 
pointment of a Committee to take into consideration the obtaining 
of a charter for "The Western Methodist Book Concern " under the 
laws of Ohio, and the said Committee was thereupon appointed, to 
wit : The Standing Committee on the Book Concern. And on the 
first day of June the said Committee made the following report, 
namely : 

" Your Committee recommend the adoption of the following pre- 
amble and resolution, namely : 

"Whereas, The Methodist Book Concern, located at Cincinnati, 
Ohio, is a corporation under a special charter, granted by the Legis- 
lature of Ohio, which special charter expires by limitation in the year 
1869, and its business has always been and is now managed by two 
persons under the direction of the General Conference ; and 

Wliereas, It is desirable to obtain a new charter under the General 
Law of the State of Ohio, entitled ' An Act to provide for the Crea- 
tion and Regulation of Incorporated Companies in the State of Ohio,' 
passed May 1, 1852, and the Acts amendatory thereof, and supple- 
mentary thereto ; therefore, 

" Resolved, That the General Conference of the Methodist Episcopal 
Church, now assembled in Chicago, Illinois, hereby apply for such 
charter. And the General Conference having elected Luke Hitch- 
cock and John M. Walden Agents, your Committee recommend the 
adoption of the following : 



June 1. 

Twenty-sixth 

Day. 

Homing. 



"articles of incorporation. 

" First. The corporate name of L. Hitchcock and J. M. Walden, 
Agents of the Western Methodist Book Concern, and their successor 
or successors in office, to be chosen as hereinafter provided, shall 
be 'The Western Methodist Book Concern;' and by such name 
shall have perpetual succession, with power to contract, be con- 
tracted with, to sue and be sued, implead and be impleaded, to take 
and hold by gift, grant, devise, or otherwise, any property, real 
personal, or mixed, in the State of Ohio, and in the States of Illinois 
and Missouri, and in any other State of the United Slates, whenever 
and as the General Conference may, from time to time, direct or 
determine, or as may be required in the transaction of the ordinary 
business of the Corporation, and the same to manage, grant, convey, 
lease, or otherwise dispose of, and to execute such trust or trusts as 
may be confided to said Corporation for the promotion of the ob- 
jects of this incorporation. 



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twentt-sixth 

Day. 

Morning. 



" Second. The objects of this Corporation shall be the publication, 
diffusion, and circulation of moral "and religious literature, books?, 
periodicals, and publications, under tbe direction and in conformity 
with the rules and regulations of the General Conference of tbe 
Methodist Episcopal Church in the United States. 

'•Third. The General Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church 
in the United States shall elect or appoint a successor or successors of 
the said L. Hitchcock and J. M. Walden at any meeting of said Con- 
ference, and shall prescribe the term of their office ; and should any 
person so elected or appointed die, resign, or be removed in the in- 
terval of said Genera] Conference, such vacancy may be rilled in 
such way as said General Conference shall prescribe ; and the said 
L. Hitchcock and J. M. "Walden. and their successor or successors in 
office, shall hold their office, exercise the powers herein conferred, 
and manage and conduct the business of said Corporation, and ap- 
propriate the funds thereof, in conformity with such rules, regula- 
tions, and directions as from time to time may be prescribed by the 
said General Conference. 

" Fourth. Any property, real, personal, or mixed, now held by Adam 
Poe and Luke Hitchcock, Agents of the Methodist Book Concern, 
or by ' The Methodist Book Concern,' a Corporation under a special 
charter granted by the State of Ohio, together with all its assets of 
every description, and wherever situated, is by this action trans- 
ferred to the 'Western Methodist Book Concern,' hereby incor- 
porated ; and said Adam Poe and Luke Hitchcock shall, if necessary, 
convey the same by deed or other writing to ' Tbe Western Meth- 
odist Book Concern,' so as to vest therein a complete title thereto. 

" Fifth. A failure to elect a Trustee or Trustees at any time shall 
not work a dissolution of this Corporation." 

All of which is respectfully submitted, 

I. W. Wiley, Chairman of Committee on Book Concern. 
I. C. Pershixg, Secretary. 



Place of meet- 
ing of the next 
General Con- 
ference. 



Committee on 
railroad fares. 



[For Report as adopted, see Appendix F, XL] 

The question of fixing the place of the next session 
of the General Conference was taken up. Invitations 
were reported from Brooklyn, N". Y., Cincinnati, De- 
troit, Baltimore, Louisville, Ky., San Francisco, and 
Greene-street Methodist Episcopal Church, New York. 

A. M. Osbon moved that the Book Committee be a 
commission to fix the seat of the next General Confer- 
ence, and the motion was laid on the table. 

D. M'Intyre moved that the question relating to the 
place of the next General Conference be taken without 
debate, and the motion prevailed. Brooklyn, N. Y., 
was then chosen by a unanimous vote as the place 
of the next session. 

On motion of J. T. Peck the Book Agents were 
appointed a Committee to arrange with the railroads 
for a commutation of fare for the Delegates and visit- 
ors to the next General Conference. 



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REPORT ON BOUNDARIES. 
The report on Boundaries was taken up. 



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June 1. 

TwENTY-SIXTH 

Day. 

Morning. 

Report on 

Boundaries. 



CENTRAL OITIO CONFERENCE. 

W. L. Harris moved a reconsideration of the action Central Ohio 

• Conference. 

fixing the boundaries of the Central Ohio Conference, 
and the motion prevailed. 

He then offered the following substitute for the 
item under consideration, namely : 

Central Ohio Conference shall be bounded on the north by the 
north line of the State of Ohio ; on the east by the North Ohio 
Conference ; on the south by the Springfield branch of the Cleveland, 
Columbus, and Cincinnati Railroad to the west line of the Ohio 
Conference, yet so as to exclude St. Paul's Charge in Delaware, and 
Milford, and to include Marysville ; thence to the west line of the 
State of Ohio by the north line of the Cincinnati Conference ; and 
on the west by the west line of the State of Ohio. 

The substitute was adopted, and the boundaries of 
the Central Ohio Conference fixed accordingly. 

R. H. Pattison moved that the list of Conferences order of calling. 
be called, in fixing the boundaries, in alphabetical 
order, and the motion prevailed. 



ERIE CONFERENCE. 

R. A. Caruthers offered a substitute for the item of Erie Conference 
the report of the Committee on Boundaries relating 
to the Erie Conference. 

A motion that the substitute of R. A. Caruthers lay 
on the table was lost by a count vote of eighty-one to 
eighty-five. 

The substitute was then adopted by a count vote 
of one hundred to eighty-seven, and the boundaries 
of the Conference fixed accordingly, to wit : 

Resolved, That the boundaries of the Erie Conference be the 
same as described in the Discipline of 1864. 



GENESEE CONFERENCE. 



S. Hunt presented the following substitute for the G f ^ e e ^| Con " 
item of the report relating to the Genesee Conference, 



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Twenty-sixth 

Day. 

Morning. 



and the substitute was adopted, and the boundaries 
of the Conference fixed accordingly, to wit : 

Genesee Conference shall embrace that part of the State of New- 
York west of the Genesee River, excepting the City of Rochester and 
so much of it as is included in the Erie Conference, and also including 
the County of Potter, in the State of Pennsylvania, with the excep- 
tion of the Brookfield Charge ; and also so much of M'Kean County 
as is embraced in the Olean District. 



ILLINOIS CONFERENCE. 

Illinois confer- The item of the report relating to the Illinois Con 

ence. * ° 

ference was taken up. 

R. Haney moved to amend the report so as to 
transfer Bloomington and Normal to the Central 
Illinois Conference, but the amendment did not pre- 
vail. 

J. H. Moore moved that the report be amended 
by including Warsaw in the Illinois Conference. 

W. H. Hunter moved that fifteen minutes more 
time be allowed for the consideration of this item of 
report, which, on motion of D. P. Mitchell, was laid 
on the table. 

The amendment of J. II. Moore was adopted, and 
the item as amended adopted. 



Kentucky Con- 
ference. 



Afternoon 
sion. 



ses- 



KENTUCKY CONFERENCE. 

The item relating to Kentucky Conference was 
read. 

G. Martin moved to amend the report by adding 
the words : " Except so much as is embraced in the 
West Virginia Conference." 

T. M. Eddy moved that when we adjourn we ad- 
journ to meet at half past two o'clock this afternoon, 
and the motion prevailed. 

T. H. Pearne moved to lay the amendment of 
G. Martin to the report on the boundaries of the 
Kentucky Conference on the table, and the mo- 
tion prevailed. The item of the report was then 
adopted. 

J. W. Lindsay asked leave for the Delegates of the 
Genesee and East Genesee Conferences to retire, and 
permission was granted. 



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LIBERIA MISSION CONFERENCE. 



June 1. 

Twenty-sixth 
Day. 

Morning. 

The item relating to the Liberia Mission Conference Liberia confer- 
was read and adopted. 



NORTH INDIANA CONFERENCE. 

M. Mahin moved the extension of the time until the North Indiana 
boundaries of the North Indiana Conference be set- 
tled, and the motion prevailed. 

M. Mahin offered as a substitute to the item of the 
report relating to North Indiana Conference that the 
boundaries of the Conference be fixed as described in 
the Discipline of 1864. 

J. Rothweiler moved that the substitute of M. 
Mahin be laid on the table, and the motion pre- 
vailed. 

The item fixing; the boundaries of North Indiana 
Conference was then adopted. 

The session was then closed by expiration of time. Adjournment. 
The Doxology was sung, and E. Wentworth, of Troy 
Conference, pronounced the Benediction. 



MONDAY AFTERNOON, JUNE 1. ^~ 

Conference met, Bishop Simpson in the chair. The 
devotional services were conducted by A. S. Graves, 
of the Oneida Conference. 

The Minutes of the morning session were read and 
approved. 

On motion of K. P. Jervis, the Secretary of the The secretary 
Conference was appointed to edit the Discipline. Discipline. 

F. G. Hibbard announced the death of Sylvester L. s. l. Congdon's 
Congdon, of the East Genesee Conference, Avho was C ed. 
a member of the General Conference of 1864. 



REPORT ON BOUNDARIES. 

The consideration of the report on Boundaries was 
resumed. 



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June 1. 

Twenty-sixth 

Dat . OHIO CONFERENCE. 

Afternoon. _,, . , , _. . ~ „ 

bottndaeies. \ ne item, relating to the Ohio Conference was 

taken up. 
OMo Confer- J. Dillon moved to amend the report by inserting 

ence. « 

after the word " Vienna " the words " Dunbarton and 
Sinking Springs." 

B. F. Rawlins called for the previous question on 
the item under consideration, and the call was sus- 
tained. 

The amendment was then adopted, and the item of 
the report as amended was also adopted. 

OREGON AND SOUTHEASTERN INDIANA CONFERENCES. 

Oregon and s. The items relating to the Oregon and Southeastern 
Conference's. 11 * Indiana Conferences were severally read and adopted. 



VERMONT CONFERENCE. 

Vermont Con- The item relating to the Vermont Conference was 
taken up and adopted. 

I. Luce offered the following resolution, to wit : 

Resolved, That, in the opinion of this General Conference, the Ver- 
mont Conference should embrace the whole State of Vermont, and 
recommend the brethren on the Vermont territory now in Troy 
Conference to consent to such arrangement at the next General 
Conference. 

D. L. Dempsey moved to lay the resolution on the 
table, but the motion did not prevail. 

G. W. Woodruff called the previous question on 
the adoption of the resolution. The call was sustained, 
and the resolution was then adopted. 



WEST VIRGINIA CONFERENCE. 

Serine!™ 8 The itera relating t0 tne West Virginia Conference 
was taken up. 

G. Martin offered the following substitute, which 
was adopted, and the boundaries of the Conference 
were fixed accordingly, to wit : 

"The West Virginia Conference shall be bounded as follows: 
Beginning at the southwest corner of the State of Pennsylvania ; 



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thence along said line to the northeast corner of Ohio County, "West 
Virginia, so as to include Wheeling Creek Mission and Triadelphia 
Circuit ; thence the most direct way to Short Creek, so as to in- 
clude the Short Creek and Liberty Circuit ; thence down said creek 
to the Ohio River; thence down said river to the mouth of the Big 
Sandy River. On the west, it shall be bounded by the State line. 
On the south and east, by the Virginia and Baltimore Conferences 
to the Pennsylvania State line ; thence westward and along said 
line to the place of beginning." 



June 1- 

Twenty-sixth 
Day. 

Afternocm. 



WEST WISCONSIN AND WICONSIN CONFERENCES. 

The items relating to the West Wisconsin and Wiscon- West Wisconsin 
sin Conferences were severally taken up and adopted, conferences!" 1 



CENTRAL NEW YORK CONFERENCE. 

The item relating to the Central New York Confer- Central New 

° York Confer- 

ences was taken up, and A. S. Graves presented the ence - 

following substitute, which was adopted, and the 

boundaries fixed accordingly, to wit : 

" Central New York Conference shall be bounded on the north by 
Lake Ontario and the Black River Conference ; on the east, by the 
Troy Conference ; on the south, by a line running east from New- 
field to Ithaca ; thence easterly, north of Slaterville, Harford, Mar- 
anthon, and Willett, to the west line of Chenango County ; thence 
northerly to the northern boundary of said county, excluding all of 
Chenango District in Chenango County; thence easterly on the 
northern boundary of said county to the Unadilla River ; thence up 
said river to the Cherry Valley Turnpike ; thence easterly on said 
turnpike to the southwesterly boundary of Troy Conference, includ- 
ing all places on the line of said turnpike ; and on the west by East 
Genesee Conference." 



WYOMING CONFERENCE. 

The item relating to the Wyoming Conference was Wyoming con- 
then read and adopted, and the boundaries fixed 



accordingly. 



BLACK RIVER CONFERENCE. 



The item relating to the Boundaries of the Black 
River Conference was taken up, read and adopted, and 
the boundaries fixed accordingly. 

The following protest against the action of the Gen- 
eral Conference in fixing the Boundaries of the Black 
River Conference was presented, and it was ordered 
to be entered upon the Journal, as follows : 

20 



Black River 
Conference. 



Protest entered. 



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June 1. 

Twenty-sixth 

Day. 

Afternoon. 



"We do most respectfully protest against this action of the Gen- 
eral Conference by which the Black River Conference is thus dis- 
membered, because, 

1. It is unequal and unjust toward the Black River Conference. 

2. It is unexpected and unasked for by said Conference. 

3. It takes from the Black River Conference more than half its 
numbers, both of Preachers and members, and adds them to Oneida 
Conference, thereby making a Mammoth Central New York Con- 
ference, of more than double the membership of the Conference so 
nearly destroyed by this arrangement. I. S. Bixgham, 

S. Call. 



ILLINOIS AND CENTRAL ILLINOIS CONFERENCES 



Peter 



Cartwright 



moved to reconsider the action 



Illinois and 

conferences. 01 upon the Boundaries of the Illinois and Central Illinois 
Conferences ; but, on motion of T. M. Eddy, the motion 
to reconsider was laid on the table. 



CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA AND PHILADELPHIA CONFERENCES. 



Central Penn- 
sylvania and 
Philadelphia 
Conferences. 



Henry Sheer moved a reconsideration of the action 
fixing the lines of the Central Pennsylvania and Phil- 
adelphia Conferences. 

J. F. Chaplain moved that the motion to reconsider 
be laid on the table, which did not prevail. The motion 
to reconsider was then carried by a count vote of 
ninety-five for to seventy-six against. 

Henry Sheer moved to add to the item relating to 
the Boundaries of the Central Pennsylvania Conference 
the words " including Harrisburgh." 

L. Hitchcock moved the indefinite postponement 
of the matter under consideration, and the motion 
prevailed. 

T. Mitchell then moved the readoption of the 
boundaries of the Conferences under consideration, 
and the motion prevailed. 

J. W. Lindsay offered the following resolution, which 
was adopted, namely : 



Resolved, That the Genesee and East Genesee Conferences be au- 



Genesee and 

Conference^ 66 thorized to unite during the next quadrennium, whenever the said 
Conferences shall so decide. 



Evening session J. Kiger moved that when we adjourn we adjourn 
to meet this evening at half past seven o'clock. 

J. W. Lowe moved to amend by adding, " and 



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ence in 
tuekv. 



Ken- 



that we continue in session until the business of the June l. 
General Conference be completed;" but the amend- Dax^** 
ment was laid on the table, and the original motion Afternoon. 
prevailed. 

The first resolution appended to the Report of the Boundaries. 
Committee on Boundaries was taken up and read. 

A motion of H. It. Clarke to lay it on the table was colored Confer- 
lost. The previous question was ordered. 

G. Haven moved to amend by inserting the words, 
" Provided that colored members may remain in the 
Kentucky Conference," and the amendment was, on 
motion, laid on the table. 

L. C. Queal moved to amend by striking out the 
words " the interest of the work," and inserting the 
words " unity and success of the Church." 

The amendment was laid on the table, and the res- 
olution under consideration was adopted, as follows, 
namely : 

Resolved, 1. That the Bishops who may preside in the Kentucky 
Conference during the next four years, are hereby authorized to 
organize the colored ministers within the bounds of said Conference 
into a separate Annual Conference if said ministers request it. and 
if, in the judgment of the Bishops, the interest of the work requires 

it, to be called the Conference: Provided, that nothing in 

this resolution shall be construed to impair the existing constitutional 
rights of our colored members on the one hand, or on the other to 
forbid the transfer of white ministers to said Conference whenever 
it may be deemed desirable or expedient. 



■ 



The second resolution of the report was read, and, 
on motion of D. Curry, laid on the table. 

On motion of D. Curry, the report was so amended Permission to 

i • /-, . organize lor- 

as to authorize the Bishops to organize Conferences in eign confer- 

GDC6S. 

China, South America, and Northern Europe, respect- 
ively, if in their judgment the interests of the work 
require it. 

J. H. Hopkins offered the following resolution as an 
amendment to the report, and it was adopted, to wit : 



Resolved, That the St Louis Conference be allowed to divide at 
any time during the next four years, so as to form an Arkansas 
Conference, including the State of Arkansas, when in the judgment 
of the said Conference and of the Presiding Bishop the interests of 
the Church in Arkansas may require such division. 



Permission to 
organizes Con- 
ference in Ar- 
kansas. 



On motion of T. W. Lewis, the action of the General tkSTof Report 

Conference on the second resolution of the Report on rTconsideTed.* 6 



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.June 1. 

twexth-slxth 

Day. 

Afternoon. 

J. Leaton'a 

amendment. 



Boundaries was reconsidered. The previous question 
was called on the resolution, and the call was sustained. 

J. Leaton moved to strike out the words " in foreign 
fields," and insert the words " also in the Western Ter- 
ritories not now included within any Annual Confer- 
ence," and the amendment prevailed. 

The resolution as amended was adopted, as follows : 

Resolved, 2. That the Bishops, if in their judgment the interests of 
the work shall require it, be and are hereby authorized to organize 
new Conferences in the South, and also in the Western Territories 
not now included within the bounds of any Annual Conference, and 
to divide Conferences which are already formed in the South, pro- 
vided that two thirds of the members of such Conference or Confer- 
ences shall concur in such division. 



Osbon's amend- 
ment. 



Washington and 
Delaware Con- 
ferences. 



A. M. Osbon offered the following amendment, and 
it was adopted, namely : 

Resolved, That the Bishops be requested to consider and report to 
the next General Conference whether it be lawful and practicable 
to determine the boundaries of the Annual Conferences without the 
details being discussed on the floor of the General Conference, and 
if so, to report a plan of action. 

G. Haveu offered the following resolution, to wit : 

Resolved, That the Conferences which now cover the territory of 
either or both of the Washington and Delaware Conferences be and 
are hereby authorized to absorb these Conferences so far as their 
territory extends, provided either or both these Conferences afore- 
said shall consent, and the Presiding Bishops approve. 



Resolution laid 
on table. 

Report on 
Boundaries as 
amended 
adopted. 



The resolution was, on motion, laid on the table. 
The Report of the Committee on Boundaries as 
amended was then adopted as a whole, as follows : 

The Committee on Boundaries submit the following report: 



ALABAMA CONFERENCE. 

Alabama. 1. Alabama Conference shall embrace the State of Alabama, and 

that portion of the State of Florida lying west of Apalachicola 
River. 



BALTIMORE CONFERENCE. 

BaJtimore. 2. Baltimore Conference shall embrace the District of Columbia, 

the Western Shore of Maryland excepting so much of Alleghany 
County as lies west of the dividing ridge of the Alleghany Mount- 
ains, and including so much of the State of Pennsylvania as lies 
within the Hancock, Alleghany, and Frostburg Circuits, the County 
of Frederick, in the State of Virginia, and the counties of Jefferson, 
Berkeley, Morgan, Hampshire, Mineral, Hardy, Pendleton, and 
Grant, in the State of West Virginia. 



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BLACK RIVER CONFERENCE. 

3. Black River Conference shall include the counties of Jefferson, 
Lewis, Franklin, and St. Lawrence, in the State of New York. 



809 

June 1. 

Twenty-sixth 
Day. 

Afternoon. 
Black River. 



CALIFORNIA CONFERENCE. 

4. California Conference shall embrace the State of California ly- California, 
ing west of the summit of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and the 
Sandwich Islands. 



CENTRAL GERMAN CONFERENCE. 

5. Central German Conference shall comprise the German work Central 
within the bounds of the Cincinnati, North Ohio, and Southeastern 
Indiana Conferences, and include also Danville, in Illinois, and Gol- 
conda and Metropolis, in Illinois. 



Ger- 



CENTRAL ILLINOIS CONFERENCE. 

6. Central Illinois Conference shall embrace that part of the State Central Illinois, 
of Illinois north of the Illinois Conference and south of the following 
line, namely: Beginning on the Mississippi River at the Meredosia, 
thence down the Meredosia to its mouth, thence easterly to Center 
School House, so as to include Center Society: theuce to the mouth 
of Mud Creek ; thence up Green River to Coal Creek ; thence up said 
creek to the Chicago and Rock Island Railroad; thence along said 
railroad to Bureau Junction; thence to the Illinois River: thence 
up said river and the Kankakee to the Indiana State line, leaving 
the city of Ottawa in the Roek River Conference, and Aroma and 
Bureau Junction in the Central Illinois Conference. 



CENTRAL NEW YORK CONFERENCE. 

7. Central New York Conference shall be bounded on the north 
by Lake Ontario and the Black River Conference ; on the east by 
the Troy Conference; on the south by a line running east from 
Newfield to Ithaca; thence easterly north of Slaterville, Harford, 
Marathon, and Willett, to the west line of Chenango County ; thence 
northerly to the northern boundary of said county, excluding all of 
Chenango District in Chenango County; thence easterly on the 
northern boundary of said county to the Unadilla River ; thence up 
said river to the Cherry Valley Turnpike; thence easterly on said 
turnpike to the southwesterly boundary of Troy Conference, includ- 
ing all places on the line of said turnpike ; and on the west by East 
Genesee Conference. 



Central 
York. 



New 



CENTRAL OHIO CONFERENCE. 

8. Central Ohio Conference shall be bounded on the north by the Central Ohio. 
north line of the State of Ohio ; on the east by the North Ohio Con- 
ference; on the south by the Springfield branch of the Cleveland, 
Columbus, and Cincinnati Railroad to the west line of the Ohio Con- 
ference, yet so as to exclude St. Paul's charge, in Delaware, and 
Milford, and to include Marysville; thence to the west line of the 
State of Ohio by the north line of the Cincinnati Conference ; and 
on the west by the west line of the State of Ohio. 



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June 1. 

TWTSNTY-SIXTH 
DAT. 

Afternoon. 

Central Penn- 
sylvania. 



CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA CONFERENCE. 

9. Central Pennsylvania Conference shall be bounded as follows : 
On the south, by the State line from the Susquehanna River to the 
west boundary of Bedford County, excepting so much of the State 
of Pennsylvania as is included in the Baltimore Conference ; on the 
west, by the west line of Bedford, Blair, and Clearfield Counties, ex- 
cept so much of Clearfield County as is embraced in the Erie Confer- 
ence ; thence to Saint Marys ; on the north, by a line extending from 
Saint Marys eastward to Emporium ; thence by the southern bound- 
ary of Potter and Tioga, except such portion of Tioga as is in Liberty 
Valley Circuit; thence through Sullivan County north of Laporte, 
to the west line of Wyoming County: on the east, by Wyoming 
Conference to the north line of the Philadelphia Conference; thence 
on the northern line of Carbon, Schuylkill, and Dauphin Counties, 
to the Susquehanna River, including Ashland, Beaver Meadow, 
and Whitehaven Circuits ; thence by the Susquehanna River to the 
place of beginning 



CINCINNATI CONFERENCE. 

Cincinnati. \q Cincinnati Conference shall be bounded on the north by a 

line commencing at the southwest corner of Darke County in the 
State of Ohio; thence easterly to the northwest corner of the Ohio 
Conference, so as to leave Bellefontaine and Delaware Districts in 
the Central Ohio Conference ; on the east by the Ohio Conference ; on 
the south by the Ohio River ; and on the west by the State of Indiana. 



COLORADO CONFERENCE. 

Colorado. 11. Colorado Conference shall include Colorado Territory and that 

part of Dakotah Territory lying west of Nebraska and the Territory 
of New Mexico, excepting that portion lying west of the Rocky 
Mountains. 

DELAWARE CONFERENCE. 

Delaware. 12. Delaware Conference (of colored members) shall include the 

Territory north and west of the Washington Conference, and east 
of the summit of the Alleghany Mountains. 

DES MOINES CONFERENCE. 

Des Moines. 13. Des Moines Conference shall include that part of the State 

of Iowa west of a line beginning at the southeast comer of Wayne 
County; thence due north to the south line of Marshall County; 
thence west to the southeast corner of Story County; thence due 
north to the State line, leaving KnoxviUe in the Iowa Conference, 
Monroe in the Des Moines Conference, and Iowa Falls in Upper 
Iowa Conference ; and also that portion of Dakotah Territory east 
of the Missouri River, and south of Fort Randall. 



DETROIT CONFEERENCE. 

Detroit. 14 Detroit Conference shall include that part of the State of 

Michigan east of the principal meridian, and also the Upper Penin- 
sula. 



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EAST GERMAN CONFERENCE. 



June 1. 

Twenty-sixth 

Day. 

15. East German Conference shall embrace the German work Afternoon. 
east of the Alleghany Mountains. Eaat German. 



EAST GENESEE CONFERENCE. 

16. East Genesee Conference shall include that part of the State East Genesee, 
of New York west of Central New York and Wyoming Confer- 
ences, and east of the Genesee River, including the city of Roches- 
ter ; and also so much of Pennsylvania as is within the Troy Dis- 
trict, excluding Potter County, excepting that portion excluded in 
Brookfield Circuit. 



EAST MAINE CONFERENCE. 

17. East Maine Conference shall include that part of the State of East Maine. 
Maine not included in the Maine Conference. 



ERIE CONFERENCE. 

18. Erie Conference shall be bounded on the north by Lake Erie, Erle - 
on the east by a line commencing at the mouth of Cattaraugus 
Creek ; thence up said creek to the village of Gowanda, leaving said 
village in the Genesee Conference ; thence to the Alleghany River 
at the mouth of Tunungwant Creek ; thence up said creek south- 
ward to the ridge dividing between the waters of Clarion and Sin- 
nemahoning Creeks; thence southward to the head of Mahoning 
Creek ; thence down said creek, exclusive of the Milton Society, 
but including Finley Society in the Punxutawney Circuit, and Put- 
neyville in the Bethlehem Circuit, to the Alleghany River ; thence 
across said river in a northwesterly direction to the Western Re- 
serve Line, including the north part of Butler County and Newcastle, 
and also including Petersburgh ; thence west to the Ohio Canal ; 
thence along said canal to Lake Erie, including Akron and all of 
Cleveland lying east of the Cuyahoga River. 



GENESEE CONFERENCE. 

19. Genesee Conference shall include that part of the State of Genesee. 
New York west of the Genesee River, excepting the city of Roch- 
ester, and so much as is included in the Erie Conference, and also 
including the county of Potter, in the State of Pennsylvania, with 
the exception of the Brookfield Charge, and also so much of M'Kean 
County as is embraced in the Olean District. 



GEORGIA CONFERENCE. 
20. Georgia Conference shall include the State of Georgia. 



Georgia, 



GERMANY AND SWITZERLAND MISSION CONFERENCE. 

21. Germany and Switzerland Mission Conference shall include Germany and 
the work in Germany and those portions of Prance and Switzerland Switzerland - 
where the German language is spoken. 



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June 1. 

Twenty-sixth 
Day. 
Afternoon. 
Holston. 



HOLSTON CONFERENCE. 

22. Holston Conference shall be bounded on the east by Vir- 
ginia ; on the north by Virginia and Kentucky ; on the west by the 
western summit of the Cumberland Mountains; on the south by 
Georgia and the Blue Ridge, including that portion of North Caro- 
lina not within the North Carolina Conference. 



ILLINOIS CONFERENCE. 

Illinois. 23. Illinois Conference shall include that part of the State of 

Illinois not within the Southern Illinois Conference south of the 
following line, namely: Beginning at Warsaw on the' Mississippi 
River ; thence to Vermont ; thence to the mouth of Spoon River ; 
thence up the Illinois River to the northwest corner of Mason 
County ; thence to the junction of the Central and the Alton and 
Chicago Railroads; thence to the southwest corner of Iroquois 
County ; thence east to the State of Indiana, leaving Vermont and 
Mackinaw Circuit in the Central Illinois, and Warsaw, Bloomington, 
and Normal in the Illinois Conference. 



INDIA MISSION CONFERENCE. 

India Mission. 24. India Mission Conference shall embrace the northwest prov- 
inces of India. 

INDIANA CONFERENCE. 

Indiana 25. Indiana Conference shall be bounded on the north and east 

by a line beginning where the National Road intersects the west 
line of the State of Indiana ; thence along said road to Terre Haute ; 
thence along the Terre Haute and Richmond Railroad to White 
River ; thence up said river to a point due west of the northern 
limits of the city of Indianapolis ; thence east to Meridian-street ; 
thence south on said street to the southern limits of said city ; 
thence west to White River ; thence down said river to the south 
line of Morgan County ; thence east on said line to Johnson County; 
thence south on the west line of Johnson, Brown, Jackson, Scott, 
and Clark Counties to the Ohio River ; on the south by the Ohio 
River ; and on the west by the State of Illinois. 



Iowa. 



IOWA CONFERENCE. 

26. Iowa Conference shall be bounded on the east by the Missis- 
sippi River ; on the south by Missouri ; on the west and north by a 
line commencing at the southwest corner of Appanoose County; 
thence north to Marshall County, leaving Knoxville in the Iowa Con- 
ference, and Monroe in the Des Moines Conference ; thence on the 
south line of Marshall County due east to Iowa River ; thence down 
said river to Iowa City; thence on the railroad to Davenport, 
leaving Davenport and Iowa City in Upper Iowa Conference, and 
all intermediate towns in Iowa Conference. 



KANSAS CONFERENCE. 

Kansas. 27. Kansas Conference shall include the State of Kansas and 

the Indian Territory. 



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June 1 

rWENTY-SIX 

Day. 

28. Kentucky Conference shall include the State of Kentucky. Afternoon, 



KENTUCKY CONFERENCE. Twenty-sixth 

Day. 



LIBERIA MISSION CONFERENCE. 

29. Liberia Mission Conference shall embrace the western coast Liberia Mission, 
of Africa. 



LOUISIANA CONFERENCE. 

30. Louisiana Conference shall include the State of Louisiana. Louisiana. 

MAINE CONFERENCE. 

31. Maine Conference shall include that part of the State of Maine Maine. 
west of the Kennebec River from its mouth to the great bend below 
Skowhegan, and of a line running thence north to the State line, 
including Skowhegan and Augusta, and also that part of New 
Hampshire east of the White Hills, and north of the waters of 
Ossipee Lake and the town of Gorham. 

MICHIGAN CONFERENCE. 

32. Michigan Conference shall include the State of Michigan west Michigan, 
of the principal meridian, in the lower peninsula. 

MINNESOTA CONFERENCE. 

33. Minnesota Couference shall include the State of Minnesota, Minnesota, 
and so much of northwest Wisconsin as is not included in the 

West Wisconsin Conference. 

MISSISSIPPI CONFERENCE. 

34. Mississippi Conference shall include the State of Mississippi. Mississippi. 

MISSOURI CONFERENCE. 

35. Missouri Conference shall include so much of the State of Missouri. 
Missouri as lies north of the Missouri River. 

NEBRASKA CONFERENCE. 

36. Nebraska Conference shall embrace the State of Nebraska. Nebraska. 

NEVADA CONFERENCE. 

37. Nevada Conference shall include Nevada, and so much of Nevada. 
California as lies east of the west summit of the Sierra Nevada 

Mountains. 



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June 1. 

twentt-sixth 
Day. 
Afternoon. 
Newark. 



NEWARK CONFERENCE. 

38. Newark Conference shall include that part of the State of 
New Jersey not included in the New Jersey Conference, Staten 
Island, and so much of New York and Pennsylvania as lies within 
Jersey City and Newton Districts. 



NEW ENGLAND CONFERENCE. 

New England. 39. New England Conference shall include all of Massachusetts 
east of the Green Mountains not included in the New Hampshire 
and Providence Conferences. 



NEW HAMPSHIRE CONFERENCE. 



New Hamp- 
shire. 



40. New Hampshire Conference shall include New Hampshire, 
except that part within the Maine Conference; also that part of 
Massachusetts northeast of the Merrimac River. 



NEW JERSEY CONFERENCE. 

New Jersey. 41. New Jersey Conference shall include that part of New Jersey 

south of the following line, namely : Commencing at Raritan Bay ; 
thence up said bay and river to New Brunswick ; thence along the 
turnpike road to Lambertville on the Delaware, including the city 
of New Brunswick, and Lambertville Station. 



NEW YORK CONFERENCE. 

New York. 42. New York Conference shall consist of the territory now in 

the New York, Poughkeepsie, Newburgh, Prattsville, Ellenville, 
and Rhinebeck Districts. 



NEW YORK EAST CONFERENCE. 

NewYorkEast. 43. New York East Conference shall include the New York, 
Bridgeport, New Haven, and Long Island Districts, including those 
charges in the city of New York east of a line running through 
Third Avenue, Bowery, Chatham-street, Park Row, and Broadway. 



NORTH CAROLINA CONFERENCE. 

North Carolina. 44. North Carolina Conference shall include the State of North 
Carolina, excepting ten counties west of "Wautauga County and 
the Blue Ridge. 



NORTH INDIANA CONFERENCE. 



North Indiana. 45. North Indiana Conference shall be bounded on the north by 
Michigan, on the east by Ohio, including Union City, on the south 



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by the National Road from the State line west to Marion County ; June 1. 

thence north to the northeast corner of said county ; thence west Twenty-sixth 

to the Michigan Road ; on the west by said Michigan Road to South Day. 

Bend ; and by the St. Joseph River, thence to the Michigan State Afternoon. 
line, including Logansport and all towns on the National Road east 
of Indianapolis. 

NORTH OHIO CONFERENCE. 

46. North Ohio Conference shall be bounded on the north by the North Ohio. 
Ohio State line ; on the east by Erie Conference, and Tuscarawas and 
Muskingum Rivers, to Dresden ; on the south by Ohio Conference, 
including Utica. Homer, and Galena Circuits, and excluding Strat- 
ford; on the west by the main road passing through Delaware 
and Marion to Upper Sandusky, and the Sandusky River, excluding 
so much of the town of Delaware as lies west of the Olentangy 
River, and also excluding the towns of Marion, Fremont, and Upper 
Sandusky, and including Tiffin. 



NORTHWEST GERMAN CONFERENCE. 

4T. Northwest German Conference shall include the German 
work formerly within the Rock River and Minnesota Conferences, 
and Galena District of Upper Iowa Conference. 



Northwestern 
German. 



NORTHWEST INDIANA CONFERENCE. 

48. Northwest Indiana Conference is bounded on the north by 
Lake Michigan and the State line ; on the east by the St. Joseph 
River and the Michigan Road ; on the south by the Indiana Confer ■ 
ence ; and on the west by Illinois, including all the towns on the 
Michigan Road except Logansport, and all the towns on the southern 
boundary. 

OHIO CONFERENCE. 

49. Ohio Conference shall be bounded as follows: Commencing on 
the Muskingum River south of Dresden, thence down said River to 
the Ohio River, including Zanesville and Marietta ; thence down the 
Ohio River to the mouth of Ohio Brush Creek; thence north to 
the southeast corner of Fayette County; thence northwest to the 
west line of Fayette County; thence north, on the west line of the 
Fayette and Madison Counties to the Springfield branch of the Cleve- 
land, Columbus, and Cincinnati Railroad, leaving Vienna, Dunbar- 
tou, and Sinking Springs Circuits west of said line ; thence east on 
the southern boundaries of Central Ohio and North Ohio Confer- 
ences to the place of beginning; including Milford, Stratford, and 
St. Paul's charge in Delaware. 



Northwest 
diana. 



In- 



Ohio. 



OREGON CONFERENCE. 

50. Oregon Conference shall include the State of Oregon and Oregon. 
"Washington Territory. 



PHILADELPHIA CONFERENCE. 



51. Philadelphia Conference shall be bounded on the east by the Philadelphia. 
Delaware River; on the south by the Pennsylvania State line; 



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Twenty -sixth 

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Afternoon. 



on the west by the Susquehanna River; on the north oy the north 
lines of Dauphin, Schuylkill, Carbon, and Monroe Counties, except- 
ing: Ashland and Beaver Meadows Circuit. 



PITTSBURGH CONFERENCE. 

Pittsburgh. 52. Pittsburgh Conference shall be bounded on the north by Erie 

Conference ; on the east by the summit of the Alleghany Mountains to 
the southern boundary of Pennsylvania, excluding New Washing- 
ton Circuit ; thence west along the line of West Virginia Confer- 
ence to the Ohio River; thence down said river to Muskingum 
River, excluding Marietta and Zanesville ; thence up said river to 
the line of Erie Conference, including Massillon, and excluding the 
towns of Fulton and Clinton. 



PROVIDENCE CONFERENCE. 

Providence, 53. Providence Conference shall include that part of Connecti- 

cut east of Connecticut River; the State of Rhode Island; with 
Millville and Blackstone in Massachusetts ; and also that part of 
Massachusetts southeast of a line drawn from the northeast corner 
of Rhode Island to the mouth of Neponset River ; leaving Walpole 
Station, Foxborough, and Quincy Point in New England Conference. 



ROCK RIVER CONFERENCE. 

Bock Eiver. 54. Rock River Conference shall include that part of the State of 

Illinois north of Central Illinois Conference. 



SOUTH CAROLINA CONFERENCE. 

South Carolina. 55. South Carolina Conference shall include the State of South 
Carolina and all of Florida east of Apalachicola River. 



SOUTHEASTERN INDIANA CONFERENCE. 



Southeastern 
Indiana. 



56. Southeastern Indiana Conference shall be bounded as follows, 
namely: Beginning at the north end of Meridian-street in t||e city 
of Indianapolis ; thence west to the Michigan Road ; thence on said 
road to the north line of Marion County ; thence east on said 
county line to the northeast corner of said county; thence south 
on the east line of said county to the National Noad ; thence east on 
said road to the State line ; on the east by Ohio ; on the south by 
the Ohio River : and on the west by the Indiana Conference. 



SOUTHERN ILLINOIS CONFERENCE. 



Southern 
nois. 



IIli_ 57. Southern Illinois Conference shall include that part of the 
State of Illinois south of the following line, namely : Beginning 
at the mouth of Illinois River, thence up said river to the north- 
west corner of Jersey County, including Kane and Woodbury; 
thence to Honey Point ; thence to Hillsborough, leaving it in the 
Illinois Conference; thence east through Fayette and Effingham 
Counties to the northeast corner of Jasper County; thence on the 
north line of Jasper and Crawford Counties to the Wabash River. 



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June 1. 

TWENTY -SIXTH 

SOUTHWEST GERMAN CONFERENCE. Day. 

Afternoon. 

58. Southwest German Conference shall comprise the German Soutu ster 
work formerly connected with Illinois, Southern Illinois, and Kan- German, 
sas Conferences, and the German District of Upper Iowa Con- 
ference. 

SAINT LOUIS CONFERENCE. 

59. Saint Louis Conference shall include the State of Missouri Saint Louis, 
lying south of Missouri River ; and the State of Arkansas. 



TENNESSEE CONFERENCE. 

60. Tennessee Conference shall include that portion of Tennessee Tennessee, 
not included in the Holston Conference. 



TEXAS CONFERENCE. 

61. Texas Conference shall include the State of Texas. Texas. 

TROY CONFERENCE. 

62. Troy Conference shall include Troy, Albany, Saratoga, Platts- Troy, 
burgh, and Poultney Districts ; and Burlington District in Vermont. 

UPPER IOWA CONFERENCE. 

63. Upper Iowa Conference shall be bounded as follows, to wit : Upper Iowa. 
Beginning at the northeast corner of the State of Iowa, thence 

down the Mississippi River to Davenport; thence west on the 
north line of Iowa Conference to the southeast corner of Story 
County ; thence north to the State line ; thence east on said line to 
the place of beginning. 

VERMONT CONFERENCE. 

64. Vermont Conference shall include the State of Vermont, Vermont 
excepting that part within the Troy Conference. 

VIRGINIA CONFERENCE. 

65. Virginia Conference shall include all the State of Virginia not Virginia, 
embraced in the Baltimore and "Wilmington Conferences, and the 
counties of Pocahontas, Green Brier, and Monroe of the State of 

"West Virginia. 

WASHINGTON CONFERENCE. 

66. Washington Conference (of colored members) shall include Washington. 
"Western Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Virginia. 

WEST VIRGINIA CONFERENCE. 

67. "West Virginia Conference shall be bounded as follows : Be- West Virginia, 
ginning at the southwest corner of the State of Pennsylvania, thence 



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Twenty-sixth 
Day. 

Afternoon. 



along said line to the northeast corner of Ohio County, "West Vir- 
ginia, so as to include Wheeling Creek Mission and Triadelphia 
Circuit ; thence the most direct way to Short Creek, so as to include 
Short Creek and Liberty Circuit; thence down said creek to the 
Ohio River; thence down said river to the mouth of the Big Sandy 
River ; on the west it shall be bounded by the State line ; on the 
south and east by Virginia and Baltimore Conferences, to the Penn- 
sylvania State line.; thence westward along said line to the place of 
beginning. 



WEST WISCONSIN CONFERENCE. 

West Wiscon- 68. "West "Wisconsin Conference shall include that part of the 
sin. State of "Wisconsin not embraced in the Wisconsin Conference, 

excepting that portion north of the north line of town forty (40) 
and west of Wisconsin Conference. 



Wilmington. 



WILMINGTON CONFERENCE. 

69. Wilmington Conference shall include the State of Delaware, 
and the Eastern Shores of Maryland and Virginia. 



Wisconsin. 



Wyoming. 



WISCONSIN CONFERENCE. 

70. Wisconsin Conference shall be bounded on the north by the 
Upper Peninsula of Michigan ; on the east by Lake Michigan ;. on 
the south by Illinois ; and on the west by a line beginning at 
the southeast corner of Greene County; thence north on the 
range line between ranges nine (9) and ten (10,) east to the north 
line of town forty, (40,) thence west on the said line to the east 
line of range one (1) east, thence north on said line to the State 
line. 

WYOMING CONFERENCE. 

71. Wyoming Conference shall include the southern part of the 
State of New York not included in Central New York, East 
Genesee, and New York Conferences, and that part of Pennsyl- 
vania bounded on the west by East Genesee, including the territory 
east of the Susquehanna; and on the south it shall be bounded by 
the Central Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and Newark Conferences, 
including Narrowsburgh ; and east by the Newark and New York 
Conferences. 



Bishops author- 
ized to crwite 
a Colored Con- 
ference within 
the bounds of 
the Kentucky 
Conference. 



New Confer- 
ence in the 
South. 



We would submit the following for adoption : 

Resolved, 1. That the Bishops who may preside in the Kentucky 
Conference, at any time within the next four years, are hereby 
authorized io organize the colored ministers within the bounds of 
said Conference into a separate Annual Conference if said ministers 
request it, and if, in the judgment of the Bishops, the interests of the 

work require it, to be called the Conference ; provided, that 

nothing in this resolution shall be construed to impair the existing 
constitutional rights of our colored members on the one hand, or, on 
the other, to prevent the transfer of white ministers to said Con- 
ference whenever it may be deemed desirable or expedient. 

Resolved, 2. That the Bishops be and they hereby are authorized 
to organize Conferences in China, South America, and Northern 
Europe respectively, if in their judgment the interests of the work 
require it. 

Resolved, 3. That the Bishops, if in their judgment the interests 
of the work shall require it, be and are hereby authorized to 



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organize new Conferences in the South, also in Territories of the 
United States not now included in Annual Conferences, and also 
to divide Conferences which have been formed in the South, at any 
time before the next session of the General ■Conference ; provided 
that two thirds of the members of such Conference or Conferences 
shall concur in such division. 

Resolved, 4. That the Saint Louis Conference be allowed to divide 
at any time during the next four years so as to form an Arkansas 
Conference, including the State of Arkansas, when in the judgment 
of the said Conference and of the Presiding Bishop the interests of 
the Church in Arkansas may require it. 

Resolved, 5. That the Bishops be requested to consider and report 
to the next General Conference whether it be lawful and practicable 
to determine the Boundaries of the Annual Conferences without the 
details being discussed on the floor of the General Conference ; and 
if so, report a plan for action. 

T. J.Thompson offered the following resolution, and 
it was adopted, to wit : 

Whereas, The Philadelphia Conference at its last session passed 
a resolution requesting the General Conference, in the event of a 
division of said Conference into a Philadelphia and a Wilmington 
Conference, to allow the two Conferences to meet together in 1869 
in the city of Wilmington ; therefore, 

Resolved, That said Conferences be allowed to meet together in 
their next session according to their request. 



June 1. 

Twenty -sixth 
Day. 

Afternoon. 



St. Louis Con- 
ference allowed 
to divide. 



Bishops re- 
quested to pro- 
vide plan for 
determining 
Boundaries. 



Philadelphia 
and Wilming- 
ton Confer- 
ences allowed 
to meet to- 
getheE in 1869. 



BOOK COMMITTEE. 

D. Curry moved that the appointment of the Book Book Commit- 
Committee be referred to the Bishops. 

B. I. Ives moved that the motion to refer the ap- 
pointment of a Book Committee to the Bishops be laid 
on the table, and the motion was carried by an affirma- 
tive vote of one hundred and thirty. 



BOOK COMMITTEE DISTRICTS. 
The addendum to Report No. XI of the Committee Book commit- 

_ _ _ . , .. . tee Districts. 

on the Book Concern, with regard to the arrangement 
of Book Committee Districts, was taken up, read, and 
adopted, as follows, namely : 

The Book Committee Districts shall be composed severally of the 
Annual Conferences named in each, as follows : 

I District. East Maine, Maine, New England, and New Hamp- 
shire. 
II District. New York. New York East, and Providence. 
Til District. Delaware, Newark, New Jersey, Philadelphia, and 

Wyoming. 
IV District. Baltimore, Central Pennsylvania, North Carolina, 
South Carolina, Virginia, Washington, and Wil- 
mington. 
V District. Vermont, Troy, and Black River. 



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TwENTY-SIXTD 

Day. 
Afternoon. 



VI District. 

YII District. 

VIII District. 

IX District. 

X District. 

XI District. 

XII District. 

XIII District. 



XIV District. 
XV District. 



Central New York, East Genesee, and Genesee. 

Erie, Pittsburgh, and West Virginia. 

Central Ohio, Kentucky, North Ohio, and Ohio. 

Cincinnati, Indiana, Northwest Indiana, and South- 
east Indiana. 

Detroit, Michigan, and North Indiana. 

Rock River, West Wisconsin, and Wisconsin. 

California, Colorado, Des Moines, Iowa, Minnesota, 
Nebraska, Nevada, and Upper Iowa. 

Alabama, Georgia, Holston, Kansas, Louisiana, Mis- 
sissippi, Missouri, Saint Louis, Tennessee, and 
Texas. 

Central Illinois, Illinois, and Southern Illinois. 

Central German. East German, Northwest German, 
and Southwestern German. 



Vote to elect by 
ballot reonsid- 
ered. 



Nominations. 



[For Report, see Appendix F, LX.] 

J. T. Peck moved to reconsider the vote by which 
it was determined to elect all the officers of the Gen- 
eral Conference by ballot, and the motion prevailed. 
The previous action of the Conference in the case was 
then laid on the table. 

J. M. Walden moved that the delegations from the 
several Book Committee Districts report their nomina- 
tions immediately after the reading of the Journal this 
evening, and the motion prevailed. 



Eeport on Edu- 
cation. 



COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION. 

J. M'Clintock, Chairman, resubmitted items 3 and 11 
of the Report No. Ill of the Committee on Education 
relating to the creation and perpetuation of a Board of 
Education, and the items were adopted, and the Report 
as a whole was adopted. 

The action providing for the Board of Education 
and defining its duties is as follows : 

1. The Board shall be entitled, "The Board of Education of the 
Methodist Episcopal Church." 

2. The Board shall consist of twelve Trustees, of whom six shall 
be ministers, two of them Bishops, and six laymen, of which num- 
ber five shall be a quorum ; and no Trustee shall receive any com- 
pensation for his services, except for expenses in attending the 
sessions of the Board. 

The Board shall be authorized to secure a suitable charter, which 
shall empower the Board to receive, hold, and convey real and per- 
sonal estate, and to receive and administer bequests, and trusts of 
every kind relating to education, under such regulations as the Gen- 
eral Conference shall from time to time prescribe ; and to appoint a 
Secretary and Treasurer, with proper compensation, who shall be 
required to give suitable bonds. 

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four Trustees for four years, four for eight years, and four for twelve 
years, and every four years thereafter four for twelve years ; pro- 
vided, however, that all vacancies occurring more than six months 
before the session of the General Conference shall be filled by the 
Board of Bishops, the persons so appointed to hold office only up to 
the time of the General Conference, when their places shall be held 
as vacant, and shall be filled as aforesaid ; provided, also, that should 
any one of the Trustees, so appointed, cease to be a member or min- 
ister of the Methodist Episcopal Church his office and membership 
in this Board shall at the same time cease. 

4. The Board of Trustees, herein provided for, shall be amenable 
to the General Conference for the management of the trust reposed 
in them, and they shall make quadrennial reports to that body. 

5. The duty of the Board shall be to receive and securely invest 
the principal of the Centenary Educational Fund, and to appropriate 
the interest only, from time to time, to the following purposes, to 
wit: 

a. To aid young men preparing for the foreign missionary work 
of the Methodist Episcopal Church. 

b. To aid young men preparing for the ministry of the Methodist 
Episcopal Church. These two objects to be reached through the 
Missionary Society, the Bishops, and such educational societies of 
the Church as may be approved by the Board. 

c. To the aid of the Biblical or Theological Schools now in 
existence, and of such others as may, with the approval of the Gen- 
eral Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, hereafter be 
established. 

d. To the aid of universities, colleges, or academies now existing 
under the patronage of the Church, or which may hereafter be 
established. 

Provided, 1. That no appropriation shall be made by the Board at 
any time for building purposes, either for biblical schools, or for 
universities, colleges, or academies. 

2. That no university, college, or academy not now in existence 
shall be aided by the Board, unless the Board shall first have been 
consulted, and shall have approved of the establishment and organ- 
ization of such institution. 

Id administering aid the Board shall aim to foster, rather than 
diminish, habits of personal exertion and economy ; and, as a rule, 
shall render aid in the form of loans. No one shall be entitled to 
such aid without the recommendation of a Quarterly Conference ; 
and preference shall always be given to those who are preparing 
for foreign mission work, and to those who pursue full courses of 
study in our institutions. 

6. All future contributions to the Fund shall be held in trust by 
the Board for the aid of needy and worthy young persons in our 
Church seeking an education; or for such specific educational pur- 
poses as the donors, or the Annual Conferences from which the 
contributions come, shall direct. 

7. It shall also be the duty of the Board of Education to receive, 
separately invest, and to augment the Sunday-School Children's Fund 
commenced during the Centenary year, which shall be administered 
according to its original design, namely, by appropriating the inter- 
est only to assist meritorious Sunday-School scholars in obtaining a 
more advanced education. Each Annual Conference shall share in 
the annual proceeds of this fund proportionately to the number of 
Sunday-School children under its care; provided that annual collec- 
tions in behalf of the fund be taken in the Sunday-schools within 
the bounds of said Conference; and the beneficiaries within the 
bounds of each Annual Conference shall be selected in such manner 
as each Conference shall direct. 

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June 1. 8 The Board shall also serve as a General Agency of the Church 

Twenty-sixth in behalf of ministerial and general education. It shall recognize 

Dat - as auxiliaries all educational societies now existing within the 

Afternoon. Church, and which may be hereafter formed, on condition that such 

societies send an annual report of their statistics to the Board. 

9. The Annual Conferences may form educational societies, auxil- 
iary to the Board of Education, with the understanding that all col- 
lections or contributions for educational purposes, made by order of 
the Conferences, shall be appropriated at their discretion. All con- 
tributions to permanent funds shall be held and administered by 
the Conference auxiliary, if it be incorporated, and if not, shall be 
forwarded to the Board of Education, to be held in trust for the 
purposes specified by the donors. 

10. The Board shall seek to promote the cause of education 
throughout the Church by collecting and publishing statistics, by 
furnishing plans for educational buildings, and by giving counsel 
with regard to the location and organization of new institutions. 
They shall also organize, as speedily as possible, a general agency 
for communication between teachers desiring employment and those 
needing their services. 

All our academies, seminaries, and "colleges are requested to 
send annually to the Board their reports, catalogues, and other docu- 
ments, to enable the Board to give annually a complete statistical 
Board of Edti- report of the Educational Institutions of the Church, 
cation. 11. Your Committee recommend the election of the following per- 

sons to constitute the Board of Education, namely : 

Ministers : Edmund S. Janes, Calvin Kingsley, John "W. Lindsay 
of East Genesee Conference, John M'Clintock of New Tork Confer- 
ence, William L. Harris of Central Ohio Conference, and Thomas 
Bowman of North Indiana Conference. 

Laymen: John Elliott of New York, Oliver Hoyt of Connecticut, 



Iowa, Harvey B. Lane of New York, and Isaac 
and that their respective terms of service be as 

C. Kingsley, "W. L. Harris, H. B. Lane, and Isaac 



Charles C. North of Sing Sing, New York, Hon. James Harlan of 
Mount Pleasant, 
Rich of Boston ; 
follows : 

For four years 
Rich. 

For eight years : E. S.Janes, J. M'Clintock, C. C. North, and J. 
Harlan. 

For twelve years : J. "W. Lindsay, Thomas Bowman, John Elliott, 
and Oliver Hoyt. 

12. And your Committee recommend that the seat of the Board 
be in the city of New York. 



[For Report as adopted, see Appendix H, V.] 
J. M'Clintock presented the following resolution, 
which was adopted, to wit : 

Resolved, That our Colleges and Academies shall, if possible, give 
more attention to normal instruction. 



Supernumerary 
Preachers. 



COMMITTEE ON ITINERANCY. 

The Report of the Committee on Itinerancy No. IX, 
relating to Supernumerary Preachers, was read and 
adopted, ordering the following changes in the Disci- 
pline, namely : 



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Strike out from Part II, sec. 18, paragraph 1, page 102, after June 1. 

the word "health," "or some other disability," so that the sentence Twenty-sixth 

will read: "A Supernumerary Preacher is one who, because of im- Day. 

paired health, is temporarily unable to perform effective work." Afternoon. 

The Report of the same Committee No. X, relating Report on Con- 

1 -i-i-i-ii- fereuce Jour- 

to Conference Journals, was read and adopted, and it nais. 
was ordered that the report should be printed in the 
Appendix to the Discipline. 

[For Reports as adopted, see Appendix E, IV, V.] 



TRUSTEESHIP OF THE METHODIST EPISCOPAL 
CHURCH. 

The Report No. I of the Committee on the Trus- Trusteeship of 
teeship of the Methodist Episcopal Church was read Episcopal 
and adopted, changing the Discipline, Part VI, chap. 



in, sec. 



4, so as to read : 



Ques. What shall be done for the better security of donations, 
bequests, grants, etc., made for benevolent purposes to the Meth- 
odist Episcopal Church? 

Ans. 1. There shall be located at Cincinnati an incorporated 
Board of Trustees of the Methodist Episcopal Church, composed of 
twelve members, six ministers and six laymen, appointed by the 
General Conference, of whom three of each class shall hold office 
four years, and three of each class eight years ; all vacancies to be 
filled quadrennially by the General Conference. The duty of this 
Board shall be to hold in trust, for the benefit of the Methodist 
Episcopal Church, any and all donations, bequests, grants, and 
funds in trust, etc., that may be given or conveyed to said Board, or 
to the Methodist Episcopal Church as such, for any benevolent ob- 
ject, and to administer the said funds and the proceeds of the same 
in accordance with the directions of the donor's and of the interests 
of the Church contemplated' by said donors, under the direction of 
the General Conference. 

Ans. 2. When any such donation, bequest, grant, or trust, etc., is 
made to this Board, or to the Church, it shall be the duty of the 
Preacher in the bounds of whose charge it occurs, to give an early 
notice thereof to the Board, who shall proceed without delay to take 
possession of the same according to the provisions of their charter. 

Ans. 3. The Board shall make a faithful report of its doings, and 
of the funds and property on hand, at each quadrennial session of 
the General Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church. 



[For Report ns adopted, see Appendix R, II.] 
Report No. II of the same Committee, nominating 

Trustees of the Methodist Episcopal Church, was 

read. 

J. M. Walden moved to substitute the name of 

William Young in the place of that of J. F. Chalfant, 

which motion prevailed. 



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[1868. 



June i. The report was then adopted, and the Trustees 
Twei dIt SIXTH therein nominated were thereby appointed, as follows, 
Afternoon, namely : 

Trustees. We nominate the following persons to be elected by the General 

Conference as Trustees of the Methodist Episcopal Church, namely : 

To serve four years : Davis W. Clark, Fernando C. Holliday, Jo- 
seph M. Trimble, ministers; John Cochnower, Edward Sargent, 
Amos Shinkle, laymen. 

To serve eight years : Luke Hitchcock, William H. Goode, William 
Young, ministers; Harvey De Camp, M. B. Hagans, A. N. Riddle, 
laymen. 

[For Report as amended and adopted, see Appen- 
dix R, III.] 

Report No. Ill of the same Committee, containing 
the " Act of Incorporation of the Methodist Episcopal 
Church," was read and adopted by a vote of one hun- 
dred and eighty-one for and none against. 

This Act of Incorporation is as follows, namely : 



Act of Incor- 
poration. 



ACT OF INCORPORATION OF THE METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH. 

Be it remembered, That the Methodist Episcopal Church of the 
United States of America, by the General Conference, an organized 
body representing the said the Methodist Episcopal Church, at a 
session of the majority of the members of said Conference, held in 
the City of Chicago, in the State of Illinois, commencing on the first 
day of May, 186S, had the following proceedings, with a view of 
obtaining an Act of Incorporation, to be known under the form and 
style of ''Trustees of the Methodist Episcopal Church," having a 
central or principal place of business in the City of Cincinnati, in 
the State of Ohio ; said Act of Incorporation to be under and by 
virtue of " An Act to Provide for the Creation and Regulation of 
Incorporated Companies in the State of Ohio," passed May 1, 1852, 
and the acts amendatory thereof and supplementary thereto, 
namely : 

On the 4th day of May, 1868, F. C. Holliday moved the appoint- 
ment of a Committee of seven persons " On the Trusteeship of the 
Methodist Episcopal Church," and the said Committee was there- 
upon appointed, to wit : Daniel P. Kidder, William L. Harris, Cyrus 
Brooks, John L. Smith, Francis A. Blades, Charles A. Holmes, and 
John W. Locke. 

And on the 1st day of June the said Committee made the follow- 
ing report, which was adopted by the General Conference, namely : 

Whereas, The General Conference in 186-1 provided for the incor- 
poration of a Board of Trustees, under and by authority of the laws 
of the State of Ohio, to be known under the form and style of "The 
Board of Trustees of the General Conference of the Methodist Epis- 
copal Church in the United States ;" and 

Whereas, It is desirable to obtain a new and amended charter 
under the general law of the State of Ohio, entitled "An Act to 
Provide for the Creation and Regulation of Incorporated Companies 
in the State of Ohio," passed May 1, 1852, and the acts amendatory 
and supplementary thereto; therefore, 

Resolved, That the General Conference of the Methodist Episcopal 



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Church, now assembled in Chicago, 111., hereby apply for such 
charter, wherein the organization of the Board shall be more clearly 
defined, aud its objects and scope enlarged. And the Geueral Con- 
ference having elected D. TV. Clark, F. C. Holliday, Joseph M. 
Trimble, John Cochnower, Edward Sargent, Amos Shinkle, Luke 
Hitchcock, W. H. Goode, William Young, Harvey De Camp, M. B. 
Hagans, and A. N. Riddle, the first Board of Trustees, hereby 
adopt the following 



June 1« 

TwF.XTT-SIXTH 

Day. 

Afternoon. 



ARTICLES OF INCORPORATION'. 



First. The Board of Trustees hereby created shall consist of six 
ministers and six laymen in good and regular standing in the Meth- 
odist Episcopal Church, six of whom shall be appointed by the Gen- 
eral Conference at each quadrennial session, and to hold office till 
their successors have been regularly and duly appointed : said cor- 
poration to be known under the form and style of ; ' Trustees of the 
Methodist Episcopal Church." And Davis W. Clark. F. C. Holliday. 
Joseph M. Trimble, Luke Hitchcock, William H. Goode, William 
Young, ministers, and Harvey De Camp, M. B. Hagans, A. N. Rid- 
dle, John Cochnower, Edward Sargent, Amos Shinkle, laymen, are 
hereby elected and appointed Trustees to constitute the Board be- 
fore named, which Board shall have perpetual succession. 

Second. The said Board of Trustees, under their corporate name, 
shall have power to take and hold, by donation, gift, grant, devise, 
or otherwise, any property, real, personal or mixed, in any State 
in the United States, in behoof of aud for the benefit of the Meth- 
odist Episcopal Church, and the same to manage, grant, convey, 
lease, or otherwise dispose of, and to execute such trust or trusts 
as may be confided to said Corporation ; the whole to be under the 
supervision of and amenable to the General Conference. 

Third. The said Board shall also be deemed competent to receive 
and administer any special benevolent trust in behalf of the Church, 
not otherwise provided for in the benevolent societies now existing 
under the authority or by the sanction of the General Conference. 

Fourth. The General Conference of the Methodist Episcopal 
Church in the United States shall elect or appoint successors of the 
said Trustees, hereinbefore named, at the quadrennial meetings of 
said Conference : provided, however, that all vacancies occurring 
more than six months before the session of the General Conference 
shall be filled by the Bishops, the persons so appointed to hold 
office only up to the time of the General Conference, when their 
places shall be held as vacant, and shall be filled as aforesaid. 

Fifth. The Board shall have authority to enact by-laws not in- 
consistent with the design and provisions of this Charter for the 
transaction and regulation of its business, and shall have authority 
to appoint the necessary officers for the transaction of all business 
that pertains to it or that may come before it. 

Sixth. The Board of Trustees herein provided for shall be ame- 
nable to the General Conference for the management of the trust 
reposed in them, and they shall make quadrennial reports to that 
body. 

Seventh. A failure to elect a Trustee or Trustees at any time 
shall not work a dissolution of this Corporation. 

All of which is respectfully submitted. 



D. P. Kidder, 
W. L. Harris, 
Jxo. W. Locke, 
John L. Smith, 



Cyrus Brooks, 
C. A. Holmes, 
F. A. Blades, 

Committee. 



326 Journal of the General Conference. [1868. 

Juno l. And the said Report was adopted by the following 

Dat. vote, namely : one hundred and eighty-one voting in 
Afternoon, favor of its adoption, and none against it. 

[For Report as adopted, see Appendix R, IV.] 



COMMITTEE ON MISSIONS. 

Report No. iv So much of Report No. IV of the Committee on 
on Mission" 66 Missions as relates to the visits of our Bishops to our 
foreign missions was taken up. The first resolution 
was adopted. The second resolution was read. 

T. M. Eddy moved to strike out the word " two " 
and insert the word " one," and the motion prevailed. 
The resolution was then adopted. 

The third resolution was read, and T. M. Eddy 
moved that it be laid on the table, but the motion did 
not prevail. The resolution was then adopted. 

The resolutions as adopted were as follows : 

Besolved,, 1. That the Bishops be requested to make arrange- 
EpiscopaA visits m ents for one of their Board to visit our missions in India, in China, 
Missions, 016 ' 811 au( ^ * n Bulgaria once in the next four years, and carefully and pa- 
tiently review them, and report to the Church at home, in sueh way 
and time as said Bishops may judge proper. 

Resolved, 2. That the Bishops be requested to make similar ar- 
rangements for at least one episcopal visitation during the next 
four years to our missions in Germany, Switzerland, and Scandi- 
navia, and report to the Church at home as provided in the pre- 
ceding resolution. 

Resolved, 3. That the Bishop who may have charge of our mis- 
sions in South America be requested to inquire carefully, through 
the office of the Corresponding Secretaries in New York, into the 
necessity of an episcopal visit to our missions in South America 
during the next four years ; and, if he shall find that their condition 
and wants require the presence and office of a Bishop, that then, in 
that case, the Bishops be requested to arrange for the same as pro- 
vided in the preceding resolutions. 

[For Report as adopted, see Appendix G, IV.] 

^commute! So much of Re P ort No - v 0I> the Committee on 
on Missions. Missions as relates to a semi-centennial missionary 

celebration of the organization of the Missionary 

Society was taken up. 

A motion by H. Ritchie to adjourn was lost. 

The item of the report was then adopted, as fol- 
lows: 

Whereas, The first half century of the existence of the Missionary 
Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church will expire with Sab- 
bath, April 4, 1S69 ; therefore, 



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Resolved. 1. By this General Conference, that the above-named 
day be, and it is hereby set apart as a Missionary Jubilee, to be 
devoted in all our Churches, by Pastors and congregations — 

(1.) To reminiscence and devout thanksgiving in such special 
mode as the Pastors and their Missionary Committees severally 
may for themselves devise. 

(2.) To voluntary offerings apart from, outside of, and extra to, 
the regular missionary contributions of the year, for the sole, direct, 
and express purpose of erecting a Mission House in the City of 
New York; as a monument and memorial of the Missionary Semi- 
centennial of 1869. 

Resolved, 2. That the Missionary Secretaries and Board at New- 
York be a Committee to devise and carry into effect the necessary 
arrangements for the celebration of the proposed Jubilee, to take 
place at the time above-named. 



June 1. 

Twenty-sixth 

Day. 

After •noon. 



[For Report as adopted, see Appendix G, V.] 

Gilbert Haven moved that the General Conference 
direct that the Mission Building and Book Room 
Building at New York be under one roof if found 
practicable, and the motion prevailed. 

J. T. Peck moved that the matter of the erection of 
a Mission House be referred to the Board of Managers 
at New York. 

G. Haven moved to amend, that in case the Book 
Concern should be built in connection with it, then 
the Book Agents at New York be added to the 
Board. 

D. Curry offered, as a substitute, the following 
resolutions, to wit : 

Resolved, 1. That it is the opinion of this General Conference that 
it is highly desirable that more commodious rooms should be pro- 
vided for the use of the Book Concern, Missionary Society, and our 
other connectional institutions in the City of New York ; and that, 
if practicable, all these should be in the same building. 

Resolved, 2. That be and they are hereby appointed a 

Commission, with full powers to purchase grounds and erect thereon 
suitable buildings for the above-named and referred-to institutions 
in the City of New York as soon as they shall find it practicable 
to do so, at a cost not to exceed one million of dollars, the same to 
be the property of the Methodist Book Concern; and for this pur- 
pose they are authorized to raise money by loans or otherwise. 



The substitute was accepted and adopted. 

D. Curry then moved that the Bishops nominate 
such a Commission at this evening's session, and the 
motion prevailed. 

On motion of G. M. Steele, the Conference ad- 
journed, R. A. Caruthers pronouncing the Benedic- 
tion. 



828 Journal of the General Conference. [1868. 



June 1. 

TWENTT-8IXTH 

day. 

Evening. 



MONDAY EVENING, JUNE I. 

Conference met, Bishop Ames in the chair. Re- 
ligions services were conducted by W. F. Day, of the 
Erie Conference. 

The Journal of the afternoon's session was read and 
approved. 

BOOK COMMITTEE. 

Book Commit- ^ ie orc ^ er °f tne ^ay was taken up, namely, the 
tee - election of the Book Committee. 

The following persons were nominated by the 

delegations from the respective Book Committee 

Districts, namely : 

District I. James Pike, of New Hampshire Con- 
ference. 

District II. G. W. Woodruff, of New York East 
Conference. 

District III. C. S. Vancleve, of Newark Conference. 

District IV. Henry Slicer, of Baltimore Conference. 

District V. I. S. Bingham, of Black River Confer- 
ence. 

District VI. James Erwin, of Central New York 
Conference. 

District VII. G. W. Maltby, of Erie Conference. 

District VIII. J. F. Kennedy, of North Ohio Con- 
ference. 

District IX. B. F. Rawlins, of Indiana Conference. 

District X. F. A. Blades, of Detroit Conference. 

District XI. H. Bannister, of Wisconsin Conference. 

District XII. Cyrus Brooks, of Minnesota Confer- 
ence. 

District XIII. L. M. Vernon, of Saint Louis Confer- 
ence. 

District XIV. J. H. Moore, of Illinois Conference. 

District XV. J. Rothweiler, of Central German Con 
ference. 

And the persons so nominated were, on motion, 
elected " Th<? Book Committee." 



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June 1. 

Twenty-sixth 
COMMITTEE ON CHURCH EXTENSION. Day. 

Evening. 

The report on Church Extension No. II was taken Church Exten- 

•i sioii, Report 

up. The question contained in the first resolution, No. n. 
and the first, second, and third answers thereto, were 
read and adopted. 

The fourth answer was read, and A. S. Graves 
moved to strike it from the report. 

J. M. Chaffee moved to lay the motion to strike out 
on the table, and the motion prevailed. 

H. R. Clarke moved to strike out that part of the 
item requiring the Presiding Elders to call up the 
matter of Church Extension at each Quarterly Con- 
ference, and the motion to strike out prevailed. 

Henry Slicer moved to amend by inserting " the 
first and third Quarterly Conferences of each year." 
The amendment was laid upon the table. 

J. M'Clintock moved to amend by inserting " the 
third Quarterly Conference of each year," and the 
amendment prevailed by a count vote of eighty-seven 
for to eighty-six against. The fourth answer as 
amended was then adopted. 

The fifth answer was read and adopted. 

The sixth answer, respecting the appointment of a 
person to preach a sermon on the subject at each An- 
nual Conference, was not adopted. 

The seventh answer, respecting the report of the 
Presiding Elder and the Preacher in Charge, pend- 
ing the examination of character, was laid on the 
table. 

On motion of A. J. Kynett, the report was further 
amended, by inserting an additional answer as answer 
six in these words, namely : 

The Corresponding Secretary of the Church Extension Society- 
shall be a member of such Annual Conference as he may, with the 
approbation of the Bishops, select. 

The first resolution of the report as amended was 
adopted. 

The second resolution of the report was then read 
and adopted ; and the report, as amended and as a 
whole, was adopted. 



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[1868. 



June 1. 

Twenty-sixth 
Day. 

Evening. 

Church Exten- 
sion. 



The resolutions thus adopted, and the changes of 
the Discipline thereby ordered, with the numbering of 
the answers to the first question changed so as to make 
them consecutive, are as follows : 

Resolved, 1. That the following be inserted in the Discipline as 
section 4 of Part V: 



Ques. What can be done for the relief of feeble Churches em- 
barrassed with debt, and to secure suitable sites for and houses 
of public worship, and otherwise promote the cause of Church 
Extension among us ? 

Ans. 1. Let our Church Extension Society be liberally supported, 
and let its rules and methods be carefully observed. 

Ans. 2. Each Annual Conference shall appoint a Board of Church 
Extension, composed of equal numbers of ministers and laymen, 
consisting of a President, Vice-President, Corresponding Secretary, 
Recording Secretary, and Treasurer, and not less than three addi- 
tional members, so located that a quorum thereof may be convened 
at any time. And the Secretary of the Conference shall immedi- 
ately thereafter notify the Corresponding Secretary of the Parent 
Society of such appointment, and of the name and Post-office ad- 
dress of each member thereof. 

Said Board shall have authority to adopt By-laws not inconsistent 
with the Constitution of the Parent Society, and shall, under the 
direction of the Parent Board, have charge of all the interests and 
work of Church Extension within the bounds of the Conference. It 
shall, in connection with the Conference, take all necessary measures 
to procure liberal annual collections from each congregation in the 
Conference, and special donations and bequests to the Loan Fund 
of the Society. It shall carefully examine all applications for aid 
from within the bounds of the Conference, and recommend only such 
as are found to be truly needy and meritorious. It shall keep and 
preserve in suitable books, to be furnished by the Parent Board, a 
faithful record of all its proceedings, and account of amounts asked 
and received each year from every pastoral charge. And the 
Treasurer of said Board shall remit all funds in his hands to the 
Treasurer of the Parent Society at least once in every three months. 

It shall make full report of its proceedings for the preceding year 
to each session of the Annual Conference, and at the same time to 
the Parent Board. 

Ans. 3. All applications for aid from the funds of the Society 
shall be made in accordance with blank forms to be furnished by the 
Parent Board, and shall contain the information therein required. 
Every such application for aid shall be first submitted to the Con- 
ference Board of Church Extension, and the said Board shall certify 
its action thereon to the Parent Board, and aid shall be granted 
only by the concurrent action of both the Conference and the Parent 
Boards. Provided, however, that in any case in which such Con- 
ference Board cannot be created, or act, the Bishop having charge, 
or a committee by him appointed, may perform the duties herein 
imposed upon the Conference Board. 

Ans. 4. It shall be the duty of each Presiding Elder to bring the 
subject of Church Extension before the Quarterly Conference of each 
Circuit and Station within his District at the first Quarterly Con- 
ference in each year; and said Conference shall appoint a commit- 
tee of not less than three nor more than five, of which the Preacher 
in charge shall be Chairman, to be called the Committee on Church 



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331 



Extension, whose duty it shall be to aid the Preacher in charge in June 1. 
carrying into effect the plans of the Parent and Conference Boards, Twenty-sixth 
and securing liberal contributions in aid of the Church Extension Day. 

Society; and the Presiding Elder shall inquire in the third Quar- Evening. 
terly Conference of each year, what has been done for the cause Church Exten- 
of Church Extension. 8ion - 

Arts. 5. It shall be the duty of the Preacher in charge, aided by the 
Committee on Church Extension, to provide for the diffusion of in- 
formation concerning the work and wants of the Church Extension 
Society. He shall preach, or cause to be preached, a sermon on this 
subject in each congregation once in every year, and solicit contri- 
butions from each in aid of the Church Extension Society. He 
shall also invite private contributions and bequests to the "Loan 
Fund " of the Society. 

Ans. 6. The Corresponding Secretary of the Church Extension 
Society shall be a member of such Annual Conference as he may, 
with the approbation of the Bishops, select. 

Resolved, 2. That in Part II, chap, i, sec. 2, ques. 5, ans. 13, page 
51. there shall be added after the words " amount collected for the 
Missionary Society," the words "amount collected for the Church 
Extension Society." 

Also, that in Part II, chap, i, sec. 3, ques. 4, page 55, there be 
inserted as ans. 6 the words : 

" 6. To appoint a Committee on Church Extension, as provided 
for in Part V, sec. 4, ques. 1, ans. 4, page — " 

Also, that in Part II, chap, i, sec. 3, ques. 5, ans. 3, item 4, page 
57, there be inserted as item (&) the words : 

"For Church Extension Society/' 

Also, that in Part II, chap, ii, sec. 17, ques. 1, ans. 21, page 99, 
the word "collections" be stricken out, and the words "a col- 
lection " be inserted, so it shall read : 

"To take a collection annually in each of his appointments in 
behalf of the Church Extension Society." 

[For Report as adopted, see Appendix K, II.] 



REPORT ON BENEVOLENT COLLECTIONS. 

The Report of the Committee on Benevolent Col- ^XS" 1001 * 
lections was taken up and read by the Secretary. 

L. Hitchcock moved that the report be laid on the 
table, but the motion did not prevail. 

J. T. Peck moved that the collection for the 
American Bible Society be taken as a separate col- 
lection. 

R. A. Blan chard moved that the question be taken 
without further debate, and the motion prevailed. 

E. H. Waring moved that the whole subject be 
indefinitely postponed, but the motion did not pre- 
vail. 

The amendment of J. T. Peck was then adopted. 

It was then agreed that the first collection should be 
for the American Bible Society, and the second, two 



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[1868. 



June 1. 

twkntt-sixth 

Day. 

Evening. 

Benevolent Col- 
lections. 



thirds for the Sunday-School Union and one third for 
the Tract Society. 

G. M. Steele moved to strike out from the third 
item the collection for the Freedmen's Aid Society. 

J. B. Dobbins moved to indefinitely postpone the 
whole subject, and the motion prevailed. 

The portions of the report previously adopted were 
then, on motion of G. W. Woodruff, reconsidered, and 
also indefinitely postponed. 



COMMITTEE ON FREEDMEN. 

F s r o e c?e?y! n,sAid The Re P ort N °- ITI of the Committee on Freed- 
EeportNo.ni. men, was taken up. The appended resolutions were 
read and adopted, as follows, namely : 

Resolved, 1. By the General Conference of the Methodist Episco- 
pal Church, that we hereby recognize the Freedmen's Aid Society 
of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and sanction its organization and 
approve of its objects, and earnestly commend it to the liberal sup- 
port of our people every- where, and to the co-operation of our minis- 
ters and members in the South. 

Resolved, 2. That we recommend our Annual Conferences to place 
this Society on the list for Annual Collections, and urge our minis- 
ters to use their influence to secure to its treasury all the contribu- 
tions of our people designed to promote the specific work in which 
it is engaged. 

Resolved, 3. That the Bishops be and are hereby authorized to 
appoint a traveling preacher as the Corresponding Secretary of this 
Society. 



Amendments to 
Discipline. 



The Report, as a whole, was then adopted. 

[For Report as adopted, see Appendix M, II.] 

Certain amendments to the Discipline proposed by 
G. W. Maltby, respecting the amenability of mem- 
bers and Local Preachers, were taken up and read, 
when, on motion of J. F. Chaffee, they were indefi- 
nitely postponed. 

The Report of the Committee to whom was referred 
certain letters from Episcopal Clergymen, was pre- 
sented by J. M'Clintock, Chairman. 

T. M. Eddy moved to strike out the words l ' one of 
whom shall be a Bishop," and the motion prevailed. 

The report as amended was then adopted. 

The resolution of the report is as follows : 

Committee on Resolved, That a Committee of seven be appointed, who shall con- 

nrc mon. 8 ^ nte a Committee of Correspondence on Church Union, who shall 

reply to the letters addressed to this body on this subject, and who 



Eeport of Com- 
mittee on let- 
ters of Episco- 
pal clergymen. 



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Journal of the General Conference. 



333 



shall also carry on such other correspondence thereon as they may June 1. 

deem necessary, and report to the next session of the General Con- Twenty-sixth 

ference. Day - 

Evening. 

[For the Report as amended and adopted, see Ap- Report adopted. 
pendix B, XXXIV.] 



COMMITTEE ON THE BOOK CONCERN. 

The Report No. XII of the Committee on the 
Book Concern was taken up. A motion to adjourn 
was made aud lost. The first resolution of the report 
was then read and adopted. The second resolution, 
proposing to modify and popularize the Quarterly 
Review, so as to adapt it to a larger class of readers, 
was read and laid on the table. The third resolution 
was read. 

J. B. Dobbins moved to strike out the word " chil- 
dren," but the motion was laid on the table. The res- 
olution was then adopted. 

The resolutions as adopted were as follows : 

Resolved, 1. That we recommend to the favorable consideration of 
the Book Agents at Cincinnati, and the Book Committee, the memo- 
rial for the publication of a German Theological and Literary Maga- 
zine, and they are hereby authorized to begin such a publication 
whenever it can be done without loss to the Concern. 

Resolved, 2. That the Book Agents at Cincinnati be and they are 
hereby authorized to begin at as early a day as they shall judge ex- 
pedient the publication of a first-class illustrated monthly magazine 
for children and youth. 



Book Concern, 
Report No.XII. 



German Theo- 
logical and Lit- 
erary Maga- 
zine. 



Monthly Maga- 
zine for chil- 
dren and youth. 



The report as amended was then adopted. [For Report adopted. 
the report as adopted see Appendix F, X.] 

Report No. VI of the same Committee was then Report No. vi. 
taken up. 

A. J. Kynett asked leave of absence for the re- a. j. Kynett 
mainder of the session, which was not granted. 

The first, second, and third items of the report were 
read and adopted. 

A motion to reconsider the third item prevailed. 

T. Carlton moved to strike out the words " and en- 
graving," and the motion prevailed. 

J. T. Peck moved that the item be indefinitely 
postponed, but the motion did not prevail. The item 
was then adopted. The resolutions as adopted, and 



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[1868. 



June 1. 

Twenty -sixth 

Day. 

Evening. 

German Cate- 
chism. 



Depositories. 



the changes of Discipline thereby ordered, were as 
follows : 

1. Whereas, The different German Conferences have expressed an 
earnest and repeated desire that Dr. Nast should prepare a Cate- 
chism in the German language, better adapted to their wants than 
the present one ; and whereas, Dr. Nast has prepared a Catechism 
which has been examined, and is highly recommended by competent 
judges; and whereas, the Western Book Agents have not felt them- 
selves authorized to publish a Catechism without the sanction of the 
General Conference; therefore, 

Resolved, That this General Conference sanctions the publica- 
tion of said Catechism. 

2. Resolved, That the Book Agents at New Tork and Cincinnati 
be and they are hereby authorized to establish depositories at Bal- 
timore, Syracuse, or elsewhere, when in their judgment it can be 
done without loss to the Concern ; or to make such other arrange- 
ments as they may judge necessary and safe for keeping our books 
on sale at such places, at Book Room prices. 

3. Resolved, That the following item be added to paragraph 18, 
Part Y, sec. 4, page 246, of the Discipline : " The amounts to be 
appropriated for correspondence shall also be fixed by the Book 
Committee." 



Report adopted. 



Report No. IV 
of Book Com- 
mittee. 



Pacific Chris- 
tian Advocate. 



The report as amended was then adopted. [For 
Report as adopted, see Appendix F, V.] 

Report No. IV of the same Committee was taken 
up, read, and adopted. 

The resolutions of the report were as follows : 

Whereas, The " Pacific Christian Advocate " has not hitherto 
been fully self-sustaining ; and whereas said paper is deemed vital 
to the success of our work in Oregon and the adjoining territories ; 
and whereas, we feel assured that it will soon have a revenue not 
only sufficient to meet current expenses, but to enable the Committee 
to reimburse to the Book Concern the expenditures already made ; 
therefore, 

Resolved, 1. That the Book Agents at New York be and hereby 
are instructed to pay the Publishing Committee of the "Pacific 
Christian Advocate " the sum of four thousand dollars ($4,000) to 
liquidate all existing liabilities of said paper, and further to pay the 
sum of one thousand dollars ($1,000) annually for the next two 
years, and of five hundred dollars annually for the succeeding two 
years, provided the Publishing Committee shall need that amount 
to aid in the publication of the paper. 

Resolved, 2. That if at any time during the next quadrennium the 
Agents at New York and San Francisco find that the appropriation 
now made is insufficient to meet the expenses of the " Pacific 
Christian Advocate," they are hereby authorized to suspend its 
publication. 

[For report as adopted, see Appendix F, IV.] 
On motion, the Conference adjourned to meet to- 
morrow morning at half past eight o'clock. The Ben- 
ediction was pronounced by Bishop Janes. 



1868.] Journal of the General Conference. 335 

June 3- 

TWENTY-SEV- 
ENTH Day. 

TUESDAY MORNING, JUNE 2. 

Conference met, Bishop Clark in the chair. The re- 
ligious services were conducted by W. J. Rutledge of 
Illinois Conference. 

The Journal of the evening session was read and 
approved. 

REPORT ON THE METROPOLITAN METHODIST EPIS- 
COPAL CHURCH. 

The Report of the Committee on the Metropolitan Metropolitan 

r r Methodist 

Methodist Episcopal Church was read. The resolu- Episcopal 
tions appended to the report were adopted, as fol- 
lows : 

Resolved, 1. That we concur in the action of the General Confer- 
ence in 1852 and 1856 providing for the erection of a large denom- 
inational church in the metropolis of our nation as a connectional 
monument to our beloved Methodism, and as an expression of our 
gratitude to God for the great work he has accomplished through 
our instrumentality; and we rejoice that after years of delay the 
great work approaches completion. 

Resolved, 2. That in view of its denominational and national char- 
acter, the inability of our people in the District of Columbia to erect 
so costly an edifice, and the great liberality of our ministers, our 
people as a whole should have an opportunity to contribute to this 
work, and we recommend that a collection be taken in each congre- 
gation on Independence Sabbath, July 5, 1868, for the completion 
of the Metropolitan Church, the money to be forwarded to the Book 
Concern. 

The preamble being taken up, J. C. Hill moved to 
strike out the words " and essential to our denomina- 
tional honor." 

G. W. Woodruff moved to lay the amendment on 
the table, but the motion did not prevail. 

The amendment was then adopted, and also the 
report as amended. [For the Report as amended and 
adopted, see Appendix CC] 



REPORT ON CHAPLAINCIES. 



The Report on Chaplaincies in the Armv and Navy EeportonCbap- 

A *■ j j laincies. 

was taken up. 



336 Journal of the General Conference. [1868. 

June s. The resolutions appended were adopted, as fol- 

TWENTT-SEV- I 

»ntii Day. 10WS '. 

Resolved, 1. By the General Conference, in the name and in be- 
half of the ministers and members of the Methodist Episcopal 
Church, that we hereby protest against the unequal and unjust ap- 
pointment of chaplains in the Militiary and Naval Academies, and 
in the army and navy of the United States. 

Resolved, 2. That a Committeee of five, consisting of three minis- 
ters, one of whom shall be a bishop, and two laymen, be appointed 
to confer with other religious bodies, and also to memorialize Con- 
gress, in order to secure proper legislation on the subject. 

W. H. Hunter moved that the Secretary of the 
Conference be instructed to furnish certified copies 
of the resolutions adopted to the Secretaries of 
the Army and Navy, and, on motion of G. B. 
Jocelyn, the motion of W. H. Hunter was laid on 
the table. 

The preamble being under consideration, K. P. Jer- 
vis moved to amend by striking out the word " insig- 
nificant," and inserting the word " small," so that the 
clause shall read, "The comparatively small member- 
ship," etc., and the motion prevailed. 

The report as amended was then adopted. [For 
Report as adopted, see Appendix AA.] 
Committee on On motion of W. L. Harris, R S. Foster, J. M. 

resolutions of 

thanks. Walden, T. Bowman, J. W. Lindsay, and J. Colby 

were appointed a committee to prepare suitable reso- 
lutions of thanks for adoption by the Conference. 



KEPORT ON TEMPERANCE. 

E p e e P ranc& n t0m " Tne Report on Temperance was taken up. The first 
and second resolutions were read and adopted. The 
third resolution was read. 

C. H. Owen moved to strike out the word "empire," 
and to insert in its place the word " republic," and the 
amendment prevailed. 

H. Slicer moved to strike out the word " Congress," 
and to insert in its place " states and territories ;" but 
the motion was laid on the table. 

J. M'Clintock moved to strike out the words 
"holy, just, and good," and the amendment pre- 
vailed. 



1868.] Journal of the General Conference. 337 

B. F. Rawlins moved to indefinitely postpone the June 2. 

resolution, but the motion did not prevail. T ^h T d1y V " 
The resolution as amended was then adopted. 

The remaining resolutions of the report were then Resolutions on 

j , 3 Temperance. 

severally read and adopted. 

The resolutions as adopted were as follows : 

Resolved, 1. We gratefully acknowledge the goodness of God in 
stirring up the hearts of the people to see and feel and attempt to 
remove the great evil of intemperance. 

Resolved, 2. "We regret the prevalence of this vice among all 
classes in our land, and especially lament the late frequent revela- 
tion of its hateful and harmful power in the highest places of au- 
thority and honor. We beseech those who rule over us to be 
themselves ensamples in the self-control which alone will make 
them worthy to control the nation. 

Resolved, 3. We hail every legal measure to effectually restrain 
and extirpate this chief crime against society, and trust the law of 
prohibition may yet be the enactment of every State, and of the 
national Congress, and be successfully executed throughout all our 
republic. 

Resolved, 4. We urge our brethren in no way, by any purposed 
co-operation through the enticements of business or politics, to en- 
courage this evil ; but to carefully abstain from all such temptations, 
that the Church may receive no harm, but may present a uniform 
front against the worst foe of Christ and souls. 

Resolved, 5. When in the judgment of an Annual Conference it 
may be deemed best, we recommend the appointment of a preacher 
who shall devote himself exclusively to this reform. 

Resolved, 6. That we recommend all our ministers to preach on 
Temperance on the fourth Sabbath in June in each year, and to use 
their influence to secure a temperance celebration of the fourth of 
July by the Sabbath-schools and other associations. 

The report as amended was then adopted. [For 
Report as adopted, see Appendix Y.] 



COMMITTEE ON FREEDMEN". 
The Report No. I of the Committee on Freedmen, African Coioni- 

7fl.fi on 

relating to African Colonization, was taken up and 
read. 

B. I. Ives moved the indefinite postponement of the 
whole report, but the motion did not prevail. 

The first resolution was taken up, and D. Curry 
moved to strike it from the report. 

J. S. Porter called for the previous question on the 
whole report, and the call was sustained. 

D. Curry's motion to strike out was then put, and 
lost. 

B. Pilsbury moved to strike out the word " power- 

22 



338 Journal of the General Conference. [1868. 



June s. ful " preceding the word " agency," and the motion 
T E ™Dir prevailed. 

African Coioni- B. I. Ives moved that the words " Colonization So- 
ciety " he stricken out, and the words " Methodist 
Missionary Society " he inserted in their place ; but 
the motion did not prevail. 

The resolutions and the report, as amended, were 
then adopted. 

The resolutions as adopted are as follows : 

Resolved, 1. That we recognize in the American Colonization So- 
ciety an agency for the building up of a new Christian nationality, 
and the evangelization of a great continent. 

Resolved, 2. That, wishing the Society all success in its labor of 
love, we commend it to all friends of religion and human progress. 

[For Report as adopted, see Appendix M, I.] 



PUBLISHING COMMITTEE OF PITTSBURGH CHRIS- 
TIAN" ADVOCATE. 

Publishing The Publishing Committee of the Pittsburgh 

Committee of „ . . . _ ... . ._ 

Pittsburgh Christian Advocate was nominated and appointed, 

Christian Ad- „ ,, 

vocate. as follows : 

Pittsburgh Conference : A. J. Endsley, D. L. Demp- 
sey, W. B. Watkins. 

Erie Conference : R. H. Hurlburt, John Tribey. 
West Virginia Conference : A. J. Lyda, G. Martin. 



REPLY TO ADDRESS OF NATIONAL LOCAL PREACH- 
ERS' ASSOCIATION. 

Reply to Ad- The replv to the address of the National Local 

dress of Na- r J 

tionai Local Preachers' Association was read. 

sociation. A. M. Osbon moved to strike out the word " felt " 

in the phrase " a felt want of society," and to insert 
in its place the word " acknowledged," and the motion 
prevailed. 

The reply to the address of the Local Preachers' 
Association was then adopted. [For Reply, see Ap- 
pendix S, II.] 

Black River a motion to allow J. Erwin to make a statement in 

Conference . , _,. . _-,. r~\ c 

boundaries. relation to the question of the Black River Conference 
boundaries prevailed, when A. J. Phelps moved to 



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reconsider the vote by which the protest of I. S. 
Bingham was placed on the Journal ; but the motion 
was laid on the table. 



339 



June £2. 

TwENTT-5E-» 
ENTH Day. 



COMMITTEE ON MISSIONS. 

The consideration of Report No. V of the Commit- 
tee on Missions was resumed. The portion of the 
report relating to amendments to the Charter and 
Constitution of the Missionary Society of the Meth- 
odist Episcopal Church was read and adopted, as 
follows : 

Resolved, 1. That a committee be and the same is hereby ap- 
pointed consisting of the two principal Corresponding Secretaries of 
the Missionary Society, and the Treasurer of said Society, in con- 
nection with E. L. Fancher, Esq., Oliver Hoyt, Esq., and Cornelius 
Walsh. Esq., lay members of the Board of New York, to secure as 
soon as practicable the following changes in the act of incorpora- 
tion, namely: Section 4, line 2, after the word corporation add these 
words, namely : 

" Under such rules and regulations as the General Conference of 
the Methodist Episcopal Church shall from time to time prescribe." 

And after the word corporation in the eighteenth line of the same 
section add these words, namely : 

" In conformity with such rules and regulations as said General 
Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church may from time to 
time prescribe." 

And add to the fifth section these words, namely : 

"The Corresponding Secretaries of such Board of Managers shall 
be elected by the General Conference of the Methodist Episcopal 
Church, and shall hold their office for four years, and until their 
successors are elected ; and in case of a vacancy, by resignation, 
death, or otherwise, the Bishops of said Methodist Episcopal Church 
shall elect tl^eir successors to hold their office till the ensuing Gen- 
eral Conference." 

Resolved, 2. That in case any one of the above named committee, 
from any cause, shall find it impracticable to attend to said duty, 
the remaining members of the committee may fill the vacancy. 

Resolved, 3. The Board of Managers concurring, that the follow- 
ing words be added to the first article of the Constitution, namely : 

" Under such rules and regulations as the General Conference of 
the Methodist Episcopal Church may from time to time prescribe." 

[For Report as adopted, see Appendix G, V.] 



Amendments to 
theCharterarxl 
Constitution of 
Missionary So • 
ciety. 



COMMITTEE ON ITINERANCY. 

Report No. I of the Committee on Itinerancy, pro- itinerancy. Be- 
viding for nine episcopal districts, and for the appoint- port °' ' 
ment of Bishops thereto, was taken from the table, 
and, on motion of J. H. C. Dosh, it was indefinitely 
postponed. 



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[1868. 



June 2. 

Twenty-sev- 
enth Day. 

Addresses to 

r<- rresponding 
bodies, 



ADDRESS TO THE EVANGELICAL ASSOCIATION. 

The Report on the Address to the Evangelical Asso- 
ciation was read. It was moved to amend the first 
resolution by inserting " five " instead of " three," but 
the motion was laid on the table. 

The report, comprising the following resolutions, 
was then adopted : 

Resolved, 1. That a committee of three be appointed to carry the 
Christian salutation of this Conference to the General Conference of 
the Evangelical Association, to be held October, 1871, in Naper- 
ville, Illinois. 

Resolved, 2. That this Committee be and hereby are authorized to 
invite the appointment of a similar committee by the General Con- 
ference of the Evangelical Association, to confer together and see if 
they can agree on a basis of union, and report their action to the 
General Conference of 1872. 

Resolved, 3. That we recommend our ministers and people to co- 
operate in Christian effort, wherever opportunity offers, with the 
ministers and congregations of the Evangelical Association. 

[For Report as adopted, see Appendix B, XXVI.] 



COMMITTEE ON CORRESPONDENCE. 

F. G. Hibbard, Chairman of the Committee on Cor- 
respondence, submitted the following report, namely : 

Visiting Dele- The Committee on Correspondence report that they have adopted 
gates. a the letters to corresponding bodies presented herewith, and that 

they nominate as visiting delegates the following, namely : 

To the British Conference : The Rev. Bishop Ames, and the Rev. 
D. P. Kidder, D. D. 

To the Wesleyan Methodist Conference in Canada: Rev. J. W". 
Lindsay, D. D., and the Rev. Asbury Lowry, D. D. 

To the Methodist Episcopal Church in Canada : Rev. S. C. Brown, 
D. D.. and the Rev. B. F. Cocker, A. M. 

To the Methodist Conference of Eastern British America : J. T. Peck, 
D. D., and the Rev. G. D. Carrow, D. D. 

The replies to the addresses of the British Confer- 
ence, the Wesleyan Methodist Conference in Ireland, 
the Wesleyan Methodist Conference in Canada, the 
Methodist Conference of Eastern British America, the 
Methodist Episcopal Church of Canada, and the Afri- 
can Methodist Episcopal Zion Church were severally 
adopted, subject to such revision as the Bishops may 
judge proper to make. [For the respective Replies, 
see Appendix B, VI, VIII, XII, XV, XXI, XXIX.] 



1868.] Journal of the General Conference. 341 

The report nominating official visitors to corre- June 2. 

,. it j. i . Twenty-set - 

sponding bodies was taken up. ENTH day. 

A. Wheeler moved that the delegates to correspond- 0fficial visitors, 
ing bodies be elected by ballot, and the motion was 
lost. 

G. Haven moved that the second delegate to the 
British Conference be elected by ballot, and the motion 
prevailed. 

The nomination of Bishop Ames as a delegate from Bishop Ames 

x . . ° appointed a 

the General Conference to the British Conference was Delegate to 

. _ - the British 

unanimously continued. Conference. 

On motion of L. Hitchcock, the Conference pro- 
ceeded to ballot for the second delegate to the British 
Conference. The chair appointed tellers, who collected 
the ballots, and retired, by order of the Conference, to 
count the votes. 

The Bishops were authorized, in case any of 
the persons appointed as delegates to correspond- 
ing bodies shall fail to carry out the objects of their 
appointment, to fill the vacancies that may thereby 
occur. 

J. W. Lindsay, D.D., of East Genesee Conference, Delegates to the 
and A. Lowry, D.D., of Cincinnati Conference, were ist Conference 
appointed delegates to the "Wesleyan Methodist Con- 
ference in Canada. 

K. P. Jervis moved that the second person named 
in the respective nominations be appointed as an 
alternate, but the motion was laid on the table. 

S. C. Brown, D.D., of Providence Conference, and Delegates to m. 

' ' E. Church in 

B. F. Cocker, A.M., of Detroit Conference, were Canada. 
appointed delegates to the General Conference of the 
Methodist Episcopal Church in Canada. 

J. T. Peck, D.D., of the Troy Conference, and G D. d* 1 ^- 8 *^ 6 

' ' -> ' Wes. Method- 

Carrow, DJX, of the Philadelphia Conference, were ist Conference, 

.^ L ' EasternBritish 

appointed delegates to the Wesleyan Methodist Con- America. 
ference in Eastern British America. 

W. Nast, D.D., of the Central German Conference, Delegates to the 
Rev. P. Kuhl, of the Southwest German Con- Association. 
ference, and Rev. Richard Haney, of the Central 
Blinois Conference, were appointed to bear the frater- 
nal greetings of the General Conference to the Evan- 
gelical Association. 



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[1868. 



June 3. 

Twenty-sev- 
enth Day. 

State of the 
Church, Re- 
port No. II. 



Second delegate 
to British and 
Irish Confer- 
ences. 



E. S. Foster 
elected Dele- 
gate to the 
British Con- 
ference. 



State of the 
Church, Re- 
port No. III. 



COMMITTEE ON" THE STATE OF THE CHUECH. 

The Report on the State of the Church No. II was 
taken up, read, and adopted. 

[For Report as adopted, see Appendix L, II.] 
Bishop Thomson announced the result of the ballot 
for the second delegate to the British Conference, as 
follows : 

Whole number of votes cast, . . .180 

Necessary to a choice, . . . . 91 
Randolph S. Foster received . . .80 

Thomas Bowman ..... 45 

Daniel P. Kidder 23 

Erastus O. Haven 12 

Scattering 20 

No one having received a majority of the votes cast 
there was no election, whereupon, on motion, Ran- 
dolph S. Foster, who had received the highest number 
of votes, was unanimously elected. 

The Report No. Ill of the Committee on the State 
of the Church, relating to our Gei-man ministry and 
membership, was read and adopted. [For Report as 
adopted, see Appendix L, III.] 



STATE OF THE COUNTRY. 

Report on the The report on the State of the Country was taken 
Country. up, and the resolutions were read and adopted, and 

the report as a whole was adopted. The following are 

the resolutions : 

Resolved, 1. That a primary duty of the Church of Christ to the 
civil government is loyalty, " rendering honor to whom honor is 
due, fear to whom fear, custom to whom custom," encouraging by 
example and precept the just authority of law, and reverence for 
the magistracy as a power " ordained of God for the punishment of 
evil doers and the praise of them that do well;" and that it is the 
duty of all ministers of the Gospel, and of all Christians, in public 
and in private, to offer " supplications and prayers for kings and 
for all that are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peace- 
able life, in all godliness and honesty." 

Resolved, 2. That we deplore the still unsettled condition of 
many portions of the country embraced in the States recently in 
rebellion, obstructing as it does the free progress - of the Gospel, and 
disturbing the peace of the Church, as well as retarding the prog- 
ress of civilization and freedom ; and we earnestly pray that the 
day may soon come when, not only all the Southern States shall be 
restored to the sisterhood of our glorious Union, but when brotherly 



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343 



feeling and confidence shall exist between all sections and classes 
— when " Jndah shall no more vex Ephraim, nor Ephraim envy 
Judah." But while we deplore any delay of this long-wished-for 
consummation, we must enter our solemn protest against any 
system of reconstruction which does not secure hearty loyalty to 
the Federal government, and place all men equal before the law in 
all the rights and eligibility of citizens, without distinction of class 
or color. 

Resolved, 3. That as the disruption of ecclesiastical and fraternal 
bonds between Christian Churches north and south, and especially 
in our own Church, had the effect largely to remove the moral ob- 
structions to the late war and precipitate that fearful tragedy, so 
now also would the restoration of fraternal harmony and fellowship 
among all Christian bodies greatly draw together in good-will and 
charity the elements of civil society, and hasten the restoration of 
the Federal Union to its former proportions, and to more than its 
former beauty and perfection ; and we do, therefore, earnestly com- 
mend to all Christians especially to cultivate toward each other, 
and toward all men, the spirit of peace, gentleness, forbearance, and 
of charity and good-will, particularly reminding all ministers of our 
own connection of our solemn ordination vow, that " we will main- 
tain and set forward, as much as lieth in us, quietness, peace, and 
love among all Christian people, and especially among them that 
are, or shall be, committed to our charge." 

Resolved, 4. That it is our solemn conviction and belief that in 
the written Constitution of this country, as due to our Christian 
profession as a nation as well as to our wonderful providential his- 
tory, there should be a formal recognition of God, his providence 
over nations, and of the Holy Scriptures as a divine revelation, and to 
this neglected duty we invite the attention of our rulers and people. 

Resolved, 5. That as the offices of government in this Republic 
are filled by the free, and hence responsible suffrages of the people, 
it is a first duty of the citizens to choose and to elect such men to 
rule over them as fear God — men of known character for justice, 
probity, and truth — whose moral worth shall offer to the people a 
guaranty of righteous government. 

Resolved, 6. That we recognize the wonderful providence of God 
in the termination of the horrible civil war, which was raging at its 
height during our last quadrennial session ; and that, among other 
great blessings resulting from so great a calamity, we may enume- 
rate the unexampled development of the power of our government, 
the resources of our country, the genius and patriotism of our 
people, the divine beneficence and mission of our religion in miti- 
gating the horrors of war, the firmer settlement of the great prin- 
ciples of our constitutional compact, and, with devout gratitude to 
God, we would add, the procurement of freedom to those who were 
bound by " proclaiming liberty throughout all the land, even to all 
the inhabitants thereof" 



June S. 

Twenty-sev- 
enth Day. 



[For Report as adopted, see Appendix Z.] 



COMMISSIONERS FOR BUILDINGS IN NEW YORK. 



The Chair read the names of the following persons, 
nominated by the Bishops in pursuance of the action of 
the Conference had just before the adjournment of 
Monday afternoon's session, as Commissioners of the 



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[1868. 



June 2. Buildings for the Book Concern, Missionary Society, 
'miTd'a?'' an< ^ other Connectional Institutions of the Methodist 
Episcopal Church in New York, to wit : 

E. L. Fancher, Esq., 
Rev. Thomas Carlton, D.D., 
Rev. J. P. Durbin, D.D., 
W. W. Cornell, Esq., 
Rev. D. Curry, D.D., 
Rev. W. L. Harris, D.D., 
A. V. Stout, Esq., 
Rev. John M'Clintock, D.D., 
George Seney, Esq., 
Daniel Drew, Esq., 
Oliver Hoyt, Esq., 
C. Walsh, Esq., 
H. Dolner, Esq., 

and the nominations thus made were, on motion, con- 
firmed by the Conference. 
Philadelphia J. T. Peck moved to reconsider the vote adopting 

mu Wilmins* 

ton confer- the resolution by which the Philadelphia and Wilrninsr- 

ences. & 

ton Conferences were allowed to hold their next ses- 
sions together, and the motion prevailed. The resolu- 
tion was then laid on the table. 

At the suggestion of Bishop Janes, the Presiding 
Elders of the Virginia Conference were authorized to 
fix the place of holding the next session of the Confer- 
ence. 



Virginia 
ference. 



Con- 



MEMORIAL FROM HOLSTON CONFERENCE. 

^HdsTon 1 Co™ The Re P° rt °f tne Committee to which was referred 
ference. a certain Memorial from the Holston Conference of 

the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, was read and 

adopted. 

The following is the resolution of the report, 

namely : 

Resolved, That all the papers connected with this matter be re- 
ferred to the Holston Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, 
Keport No. V of believing, as we do, that this Conference, in the future as in the past, 
Missions 6e ° n w ^ ^e careful to do justly, and, as much as lieth in them, to live 
peaceably with all men. 



[For Report as adopted, see Appendix BB.] 



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345 



Committee of 
Correspond- 
ence with Epis- 
copal ministers 
and others. 



Pastoral Ad- 
dress. 



June H. 

TwENTY-SEV- 

COMMITTEE ON MISSIONS. enth Day. 

The Report of the Committee on Missions No. V Report No. v of 

*■ , Committee on 

was again taken up, and the draft of the letter therein Missions. 
contained, addressed to his Excellency the Governor of 
the State of Ne"w York, and relating to Indian affairs 
in the State, was adopted. [For Report as adopted, 
see A%ypendix G, V.] 

The Chair announced the following: Committee of 
Correspondence with Episcopal Ministers and others : 
John M'Clintock, D.D., Daniel Curry, D.D., E. G. 
Andrews, D.D., J. T. Crane, D.D., James Porter, D.D., 
John Lanahan, D.D., W. L. Harris, D.D. 

The Pastoral Address was adopted without reading, 
subject to the examination, revision, and approval of 
the Bishops. [For Pastoral Address, see Appendix 
DD.] 

COMMITTEE ON REVISALS. 
The Report on Revisals No. IV, recommending Report No. iv 

-, , ~ , ■■ -,-.. . ,. . , of Committer 

sundry changes 01 the Discipline, was taken up. on Revisals. 

The first, second, third, and fourth items were sev- 
erally read and adopted. < 

The fifth item, authorizing the appointment of a 
Presiding Elder for six successive years to the same 
District, and prohibiting his return for six years there- 
after, and also prohibiting his appointment to any other 
District for six years thereafter without a request from 
the Annual Conference, was read. 

A motion to lay it on the table was lost ; when, on 
further motion, it was indefinitely postponed. 

The sixth, seventh, and eighth items were read and 
adopted. 

The ninth item, relating to judicial districts, was Judicial Dis- 

tricts 

indefinitely postponed by a count vote of ninety-four 
in favor to seventy-seven against. 

The tenth item, relating to District Conferences, District Con- 
was read. 

J. Lanahan moved its indefinite postponement, 
which did not prevail. 

After further reading, D. Curry moved the indefinite 
postponement of the item, and the motion prevailed. 



ferences. 



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[1868. 



June 3. 

Twenty-sev- 
enth Dat. 

Amendments 
adopted. 



The items as amended and numbered consecutively, 
as adopted by the Conference, were as follows : 

1. Part II, chap, ii, sec. 20, paragraph 1, page 106, last line, by 
striking out the word "appropriation," and inserting instead the 
word "approbation." 

The last member of the paragraph will then read : 
" And after his character has passed in examination before, and 
he has obtained the approbation of the Annual Conference." 

2. Page 153, Eitual of the Lord's Supper, in the rubric, middle 
of page, omit the comma after the word " kneeling." 

Also page 154, from prayer ■ beginning "0 Almighty God," strike 
out the "0." 

Also pages 155-6, omit from the prayer of consecration the 
words " memorials of the sufferings and death of our Lord Jesus 
Christ," and insert, "these thy creatures of bread and wine, accord- 
ing to thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ's holy institution, in re- 
membrance of his death and passion." 

The whole member will then read as of old : 

" Hear us, merciful Father, we most humbly beseech thee, and 
grant that we, receiving these thy creatures of bread and wine, ac- 
cording to thy Son our Saviour Jesus Christ's holy institution, in 
remembrance of his death and passion, may be partakers of his 
most blessed body and blood." 

Also page 157, first rubric, second line, after the word "order" 
insert the word " kneeling." 

Also page 158, second line from the bottom, last word, strike 
out "death " and insert the word "passion." 

3. In the Burial Service, page 168, before the rubric, beginning 
"at the grave," etc., insert "in the house or church may be read 
one or both of the following psalms, or some other suitable portion 
of Scripture. 

Psalm xxxix : [Here insert the psalm.] 
Psalm xc : [Here insert the psalm.] 

Then may follow the reading of the epistle, as follows : 1 Cor. xv, 
41-58 : [Here insert the passage.] 

4. In the form for the Dedication of a Church, change the first 
lesson so that it shall read : " Then said Solomon, The Lord hath 
said that he would dwell in the thick darkness. But I have built 
a house of habitation for thee, and a place for thy dwelling forever. 
But will God in very deed," etc., down to and including the word 
"forgive," end of line third from the bottom. 

Then strike out the last two lines on page 215, and the whole of 
pages 216, 217, and insert instead verses 40-42 of chap, vi, and 
verses 1-4 of chap, vii, ending with verse 4 : " Then the king and 
the people offered sacrifices before the Lord." 

5. Part II, chap, ii, sec. 17, page 97, twelfth answer to question 
one, after " Quarterly Conference " insert "As follows, namely: 

"QUARTERLY REPORT 

Of the Preacher in charge of to the — Quarterly 

Conference, held at 186 — . 

No. of Sunday-schools within the bounds of the charge 

State of Sunday-schools within the bounds of the charge. . . 

Average attendance 

No. of Bible Classes 

Average attendance 

I have preached times to the children and catechized them 

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Classes of children formed for religious instruction 

Received into full membership, namely 

Excluded from the Church, namely 

Received by letter, namely 

Dismissed by letter, namely 

Deceased during the quarter, namely 

Withdrawn from the Church, namely 

The following pastoral labor has been bestowed, namely : 



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Benevolent collections during the as follows, namely: 

Missionary 

Bible 

Tract 

Sunday-school 

Other objects, namely 

* The following number of subscribers have been obtained for our 
periodicals, namely: 

Advocate 

Ladies' Repository 

Quarterly Review 

Sunday-School Advocate 

Sunday-School Teachers' Journal 

Missionary Advocate 

Respectfully submitted, 

, Preacher in charge." 

Then after the form add the words, " at each " before the words 
"love-feast," and omit the word "of" before the words "the 
names." It will then read as follows : 

" At each love-feast the names of those who have been received 
into the Church or excluded therefrom," etc. 

6. Part II, chap, iii, page 109, answer to question five, add the 
words : 

"But when two or more Circuits or Stations are united, the 
Stewards shall hold office till the first Quarterly Conference shall 
elect anew Board." 

7. Part II, chap, ii, sec. 19, page 105, answer two to question one, 
ninth line, after the word "duties" insert "or if found unacceptable 
in his ministerial office after due trial." 

The member of the sentence will then read : 

" And in neglect of the above duties, or if found unacceptable in 
his ministerial office after due trial, the Quarterly Conference, if 
they judge it proper, may depose him from his ministerial office." 

[For Report as adopted, see Appendix I, IV.] 

Report No. V of the Committee on Revisals, pro- 
posing sundry changes of the Discipline, was taken up. 

The first item, concerning pastoral reports, was read, 
and indefinitely postponed. The second and third 
items were read and adopted. The fourth item was 
read. 

A motion to indefinitely postpone, made by H. Sh- 
eer, was lost. 

I. Coggshall moved that the appointment of the 
* For the last Quarterly Conference only. 



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Committees provided for in the item, except the Esti- 
mating Committee, be transferred from the fourth to 
the first Quarterly Conference, and the motion was 
laid on the table. The item was then adopted. 

The fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, and ninth items 
were read and adopted. The resolution in the tenth 
item, defining " complaints," was laid on the table. 
The next resolution, respecting the use of the Disciplin- 
ary questions in the General Minutes, was read and 
adopted. The three resolutions on the order of wor- 
ship, etc., were read. 

A. J. Endsley moved to lay the resolutions on the 
table, but the motion did not prevail. 

R. S. Foster moved that all contained in these reso- 
lutions, which follows the words " by the repetition of 
the Lord's Prayer " be laid on the table, and the mo- 
tion prevailed by a vote of ninety-eight for to ninety 
against. 

H. Sheer moved to amend by inserting after the 
words " in prayer " the words " in the Scriptural atti- 
tude of kneeling." 

A motion to lay the amendment on the table was 
lost, and the amendment prevailed. 

J. M'Clintock moved that the residue of the report 
be taken without debate, and the motion prevailed. 

L. R. Thayer moved the indefinite postponement of 
the item as amended relating to the order of worship, 
but the motion did not prevail, and the item as 
amended was adopted. 

Item eleventh, relating to the Origin, Articles, and 

General Rules of the Church, was read, and laid on 

the table. The twelfth item, relating to the credentials 

of ministers which may have been lost or destroyed, 

was indefinitely postponed. The thirteenth item was 

read and adopted. The fourteenth item, giving the 

Presiding Elders concurrent authority with the Bishop 

in making appointments, was laid on the table. The 

fifteenth item was read and adopted. The items as 

amended and numbered consecutively as adopted by 

the Conference were as follows : 

1. Part II, chap. 2, sec. 17, page 96, add to the seventh line from 
the bottom, the words, "and the preacher appointed by him as his 
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The sentence will then read : 

" 6. To hold quarterly meetings in the absence of the Presiding 
Elder, and the preacher appointed by him as his substitute." 

2. Part II, chap. 1, sec. 3. first line of page 54, strike out "to " 
and insert '"who shall." Also after "thereof," second line, strike 
out the remainder of the answer, and insert " and transmit them to 
the recording steward." 

The answer will then read : 

" Ans. The Quarterly Conference shall appoint a secretary, 
who shall take minutes of the proceedings thereof, and transmit 
them to the recording steward." 

3. Part II, chap, i, sec. 3, page 54. 

After the word " preachers," in tenth line from top of page, in- 
sert the words "and exhorters." Strike out the word "preacher" 
in the twelfth line from top of page, and in the fourteenth line, after 
the word "license," insert "and the license of exhorters." Also 
strike out, after "Annual Conference," in the seventeenth line, 
"suitable candidates in the local connection," and insert "local 
preachers who are suitable candidates." 

Also, after the word " suspend," in the ninth line from bottom of 
page, insert the words " deprive of ministerial office and credentials." 

Also, strike out the word "brought," in seventh line from bottom 
of page, and insert "preferred." 

Also, strike out " Leaders' Meeting " in the third line from the 
bottom of the page, and insert "the Leaders' and Stewards' Meet- 
ing." Question 4th, and the amended answer will then read: 

Ques. 4. What shall be the regular business of the Quarterly Con- 
ference ? 

Ans. 1. To hear complaints, and to receive and try appeals. 

2. To take cognizance of all the Local Preachers and Exhorters 
in the circuit or station, and to inquire into the gifts, labors, and 
usefulness of each by name. To license proper persons to preach, 
and renew their license, and the license of Exhorters annually, when 
in the judgment of said Conference their gifts, grace, and usefulness 
will warraut such renewal. To recommend to the Annual Confer- 
ence Local Preachers who are suitable candidates for Deacons' 
or Elders' Orders, and for admission on trial into the traveling con- 
nection; and to try, suspend, or deprive of ministerial office and 
credentials, expel or acquit, any Local Preacher against whom 
charges may be preferred, (see Part II, chap, ii, sec. 19, page 105,) 
and to receive the annual report of the Trustees. See Part YI, chap, 
iii, sec. 2, page 265. 

Change the remainder of the answer to question 4, commencing 
with fourth line from top of page 55, so that it shall read as follows : 

" 3. To elect Trustees, where the laws of the State permit, and also 
Stewards, for the circuit or station, and of the latter to elect one a 
District, and one a Recording Steward. 

4. To appoint Committees as follows : 
On Missions, Part YI, sec. 3, page 229. 

On Sunday-Schools, Part Y, sec. 2, page 226. 
On Tracts, Part Y, sec. 6, page 235. 
On Church Extension, Part — , sec. — , page — . 
On Parsonages and Furniture, Part YI, sec. 2, page 260. 
On Church Records, Part — , sec. — . page — . 
On Church Music, Part — , sec. — , page — . 
On Estimating Preachers' Salary, Part YI, sec. 3, 4, pages 253-4. 
On Estimating Amount Necessary for Conference Claimants, 
Part — , sec. — , Page — . 
On Miscellaneous Business. 

5. To have supervision of all the Sunday-Schools and Sunday- 
School Societies within the bounds of the circuit or station, and to 



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inquire into the condition of each; to approve Sunday-School Su- 
perintendents and Trustees, and to remove any Superintendents 
who may prove unworthy or inefficient. 

Ques. 5. What is the order of business to be pursued in the 
Quarterly Conference ? 

[Questions marked thus [1] are to be asked only at the first 
Quarterly Conference; those marked [2] at the second, and those 
marked [4] at the fourth.] 

Ans. 1. — Organization. 

1. Devotional exercises. 

2. To appoint a Secretary. 

[1] 3. To approve Sunday-School Superintendents and Trustees. 
4. To call the roll. 
Ans. 2. — Business. 
To inquire : 

1. Are there any complaints ? 

2. Are there any appeals? 

3. Are there any reports ? 
(1.) From the Pastor. 

[4 1 (2.) From the Trustees. 
(3.) From Committees. 

(a.) On Missions. 

(b.) On Sunday-Schools. 

(c.) On Tracts. 

(d.) On Church Extension. 

(e.) On Parsonages and Furniture. 
[4] (/.) On Church Records. 

(g.) On Church Music. 

(h.) On Estimating Preacher's Salary. 



[1] 

M 



(i.) On Conference Claimants. 

4. What amounts have been apportioned to be raised by this 

charge this year? 
(1.) For Pastor's salary. 

(2.) For Pastor's traveling and moving expenses. 
(3.) For support of Presiding Elder. 
(4.) For Conference claimants. 

5. What amount has been raised during the quarter for the 

support of the ministry, and how has it been applied ? 
Received. 

(1.) On salary ; 

(2.) By public collection ; 

(3.) From other sources. 
Applied. 

(1.) On Pastor's salary ; 

(2.) On Presiding Elder's claim. 

6. Who shall constitute the Disciplinary Committees ? 
(1.) On Missions? 

(2.) On Sunday-Schools ? 
(3.) On Tracts ? 
(4.) On Church Extension ? 
(5.) On Church Records ? 
(6.) On Parsonages and Furniture ? 
(7.) On Church Music ? 
(8.) On Estimating Preacher's Salary ? 
(9.) On Estimating amount necessary for Conference Claim- 
ants? 
(10.) On Miscellaneous matters? 
1. Who shall be the Stewards for the ensuing conference year? 

8. Who shall be the District Steward ? 

9. Who shall be the Recording Steward ? 

10. Is any change desired in the Board of Stewards? 



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[4] 11. Who shall be Trustees? 

[4] 12. Will you now attend to the examination of character and 
renewal of licenses ? 

13. Are there any recommendations ? 
(1.) For license to preach? 

[4] (2.) For election of Local Preachers to Deacons' or Elders' 

Orders? 
[4] (3.) For admission into the traveling connection? 
[4] (4.) For recognition of orders ? 

14. Have the General Rules been read this quarter ? 

15. Is there any other business ? 

16. Where shall the next Quarterly Meeting be held? 

17. Minutes read and approved. 

4. Also change ans. 1 to ques. 1, page 226, sixth line from top of 
page, after the word " nine " add these words : " who shall be mem- 
bers of our Church." The amended clause will then read : " And 
said Quarterly Conference shall proceed zo appoint a Committee of 
not less than three, nor more than nine, who shall be members of 
our Church, to be called the Committee on Sunday-Schools," etc. 

5. Also change on page 227, first line from the top, after the 
word "purpose," by adding these words: "which schools shall be 
auxiliary to the Sunday-School Union of the Methodist Episcopal 
Church." The amended clause will then read: "To form Sunday- 
schools in all our congregations where ten children can be collected 
for that purpose, which schools shall be auxiliary to the Sunday- 
School Union of the Methodist Episcopal Church." 

6. Also change answer 11, to question 2, page 101, by striking 
out all after the word "church" in the 14th line from top of page, 
and add "according to the provisions of sec. 21, Part II, chap, ii, 
page — ." The amended answer will read as follows : 

" To license such persons as he may judge proper to officiate as 
exhorters in the church according to the provisions of Bart II, chap, 
ii, sec. 21, page — ." 

7. The Committee recommend that the following new section be 
inserted in the Discipline, to follow section 20, Part II, chap, ii, 
page 107. 

SECTION XXI. 

Exhorters. 

Quest. 1. How shall an Exhorter be constituted? 

Ans. By the recommendation of the class of which he is a mem- 
ber, or of the Leaders' and Stewards' Meeting of the circuit or sta- 
tion, and a license signed by the Preacher in charge. 

Quest 2. What are the duties of Exhorters ? 

Ans. To hold meetings for prayer and exhortation wherever op- 
portunity is afforded, subject to the direction of the Preacher in 
charge ; to attend all the sessions of the Quarterly Conference ; to 
be subject to an annual examination of character in the Quarterly 
Conference, and a renewal of license annually by the Presiding 
Elder, or Preacher having the charge, if approved by the Quarterly 
Conference. 

8. The Committee recommend the addition of the following ques- 
tion and answer immediately after the words "last Quarterly Meet- 
ing," in the 17th line, page 109: 

Quest. 4. What are the duties of District Stewards ? 

Arts. To attend the annual District Stewards' Meeting when 
called by the Presiding Elder, and perform the duties specified in 
Part VI, chap, i, sec. 2, pages 252-3. 

9. The Committee recommend that the following resolutions be 
adopted and published in the Appendix to the Discipline : 

Resolved, 1. That the Bishops and Editors be requested to adopt in 



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the General Minutes the form of questions found in the Discipline, 
pages 50, 51, and 52. 

Resolved, 2. That our people should be urged to take part in the 
public worship of God, first, in singing ; secondly, in prayer, in the 
scriptural attitude of kneeling, by the repetition of the Lord's Prayer. 

10. Insert after the word "Conference," in 3d line from the top of 
page 268 : " and in the interim of the Annual Conference the Preacher 
in charge and the Presiding Elder of the district." The amended 
clause will then read : 

" A majority of all the members of said Quarterly Conference con- 
curring, and the Annual Conference, or in the interim of the Annual 
Conference, the Preacher in charge and the Presiding Elder of the 
district consenting." 

11. Substitute the following for the first three questions and an- 
swers of sec. 12, chap, ii, Part II, pages 83, 84, and 85. 

Quest. 1. In what manner shall we receive those ministers who 
may offer to unite with us from other Christian Churches ? 

Ans. 1. If they come to us properly accredited from any branch 
of the Methodist Church, or from any Church agreeing with us in 
doctrine, they may be received either as local or itinerant ministers 
according to such credentials, by giving satisfaction to an Annual or 
Quarterly Conference of their literary qualifications, and of their 
willingness to conform to our Church government and usages. 

Ans. 2. Those ministers of other evangelical Churches who may 
desire to unite with our Church may be received according to our 
usages as deacons or elders, on condition of their taking upon them 
our ordination vows, without reimposition of hands, if they shall 
give satisfaction to an Annual Conference of their being in orders, 
and of their agreement with us in doctrines, in discipline, and usages ; 
provided the Conference is also satisfied with their literary qualifi- 
cations, gifts, grace, and usefulness. 

Whenever p. minister is received according to either of the forego- 
ing answers, he shall be furnished with a certificate signed by a 
Bishop or a Presiding Polder, in the following words, namely: 

This is to certify, that has been admitted into 

Conference as a Traveling Preacher, [or has been admitted as a 

Local Preacher on circuit,] he having been ordained to the 

office of Deacon, [or an Elder as the case may be,J according to the 

usages of the Church, of which he has been a member and 

minister; and he is hereby authorized to exercise the functions per- 
taining to his office in the Methodist Episcopal Church so long as 
his life and conversation are such as become the Gospel of Christ. 

Given under my hand and seal, at , this day of , 

in the year of our Lord . 

[For Report as adopted, see Appendix I, V.] 
A. M. Osbon offered the following resolution, which 
was adopted, to wit: 

Resolved, That the editor of the Discipline be instructed to pub- 
lish in the Appendix all the rules and orders passed at this session 
of the General Conference which are intended to govern in the ad- 
ministration of the Discipline. 



COMMITTEE ON REVISALS. 

The Report No. VI of the Committee on Revisals 
proposing changes of Discipline was taken up. The 
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did not prevail. A motion to indefinitely postpone this June 3. 
Report of the Committee on Revisals was lost. ^mi^DAY 7 ' 

H. R. Clarke moved to strike ont the words "speak Report of Com- 

i.-.. • Tif -i nrittee on Ee- 

or from the first item, immediately after the words visais No. v. 
"shall be permitted to," and the motion prevailed. 
A motion to lay the item on the table was lost. 

J. M'Clintock .moved to strike out the first two lines 
of the item, which proposes to strike from answer to 
question 1, page 118, the words "who shall not be 
members of the Quarterly Conference and," and the 
motion to strike out these lines prevailed. 

J. M. Reid moved to amend by inserting, immedi- 
ately preceding the words " cause the appeal to be 
tried," the words " on the demand of either party." 
The amendment was accepted, and the item as amended 
adopted. Items Nos. 2, 3, 4, and 5 were read and 
adopted. 

The Committee on Revisals, to whom was recom- 
mitted so much of Report No. I, on Revisals, as re- 
lated to the matter of " divorce and marrying again," 
submitted as a sixth item of Report No. VI, now 
under consideration, a proposed rule of Discipline on 
that subject ; when, on motion of Daniel Curry, the 
whole subject was laid on the table by a count vote of 
eighty-nine to sixty-nine. 

The items as amended and adopted are as follows: 

The Committee on Revisals further report, recommending the 
following changes in Discipline : 

1. Change section 3, page 128 so that it will read, " If there be a Kevisals No. VL 
murmur of complaint from any excluded person in any of the above 
mentioned instances that justice has not been done, he, not having 

absented himself from trial after due notice was given him, shall be 
allowed an appeal to the next Quarterly Conference ; and no member 
thereof having been a member of the committee for the trial of such 
person shall be permitted to vote on the case ; and the preacher in 
charge shall present exact minutes of the evidence and proceedings 
of the trial to the Quarterly Conference, from which minutes the 
case shall finally be determined. And if, in the judgment of the 
Presiding Elder, because of local prejudice, an impartial trial 
cannot be had in the Quarterly Conference of the Circuit or Station 
where the appellant resides, he may, on the demand of either 
party, cause the appeal to be tried by any other Quarterly Con- 
ference within his district, after due notice to the complainant and 
appellant." 

2. Strike out from question 1, pages 111 and 112, the following 
words : " as an unchristian practice." 

The question will then read : 

Quest. 1. "What shall be done when an Elder, Deacon, or Preacher 
is under report of being guilty of some crime expressly forbidden in 

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the word of God, sufficient to exclude a person from the kingdom 
of grace and glory? 

3. On page 112 in seventh line from the top substitute "five" 
for " three." The amended clause will then read : 

" Call as many traveling ministers as he shall think fit, at least 
five." 

4. On page 114 strike out all of answer to question 2, after the 
word "cured," and insert "let the Presiding Elder proceed as in 
answer 1 to question 1 of this section." The amended clause will 
then read : 

"If he be not then cured let the Presiding Elder proceed as in 
answer 1 to question 1 of this sectiou." 

5. On page 115 after the word "purpose," tenth line from bottom 
of page, insert these words, " the accused having the right to 
challenge for cause." The amended clause will then read : 

" It may appoint not less than nine nor more than fifteen of its 
members for that purpose, the accused having the right to challenge 
for cause." 



[For Report, as adopted, see Appendix I, VI.] 

R. S. Foster presented the report of the Committee 

on Resolutions of Thanks, which were unanimously 

adopted, as follows : 



RESOLUTIONS OF THANKS. 

Thanks. Your Committee to draft Resolutions of Thanks respectfully sub- 

mit the following : 

Resolved, 1. That the thanks of this General Conference are 
hereby tendered to the following Railroad Companies for passing 
delegates and visitors to and from Chicago at half fare, namely : 
The Pennsylvania Central and Pittsburgh, Fort Wayne, and 
Chicago; Baltimore and Ohio; Indianapolis, Cincinnati and La- 
fayette, and Chicago and Great Eastern ; Michigan Central ; and 
Southwest Pacific ; to the Chicago, Quincy, and Burlington, and the 
Louisville and Nashville Railways for passiDg delegates and visiting 
clergymen at half fare; to the Pacific and Missouri, and the 
Michigan Southern Railways for passing delegates at half fare ; to 
the Des Moines Valley for passing delegates and visitors at three- 
fifths fare; to the Chicago and Northwestern, and Chicago and 
Milwaukee for special favors during the session ; also to the Lake 
Michigan Transportation Company for carrying delegates and 
ministers at half fare, and those lines of steamboats which have ex- 
tended favors of any kind to the body. 

Resolved, 2. That the cordial thanks of this General Conference 
are hereby tendered to the Committee of Arrangements for the 
ample and pleasant accommodations afforded the Conference during 
its session, and that special and grateful mention be hereby made 
of the chairman, G. C. Cook, Esq. 

Resolved, 3. That our thanks are hereby tendered to the Trustees 
of the First Methodist Episcopal Church and of the other Churches 
used for the purposes of the Conference. 

Resolved, 4. That we tender our hearty thanks to the citizens 
of Chicago and Evanston for the generous manner in which they 
have received and entertained us, and for the kind courtesies they 
have extended to us during our sojourn among them. 

Resolved, 5. That we cordially reciprocate the liberality and 
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of this city and other places in opening their pulpits to us during 
our session. 

Resolved, 6. That our thanks are eminently due and are hereby 
given to Rev. "W. L. Harris, D.D.. the Secretary, and to the 
Assistant Secretaries and Reporters of the Conference for the 
ability and faithfulness with which they have discharged their 
respective duties; and that special mention be made of Rev. 
Arthur Edwards for his efficient services as Editor of the " Daily 
Advocate." 

Resolved, 7. By the Delegates of the Fifteeuth Delegated General 
Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, that we hereby ex- 
press our high appreciation of the patience, ability, and respect to 
the rights and feelings of all, with which our beloved and honored 
Bishops have presided over our deliberations ; that we hereby ex- 
tend to them our expressions of personal regard and Christian 
affection, and commend them, as they enter upon another term 
of arduous service, to the prayers and sympathies of the whole 
Church and to the protection of Almighty God. 

J. M'Clintock offered the following resolution, which 
was adopted, namely: 

Resolved, That the Book Agents be directed to have the changes New edition of 



the History of 
the Church 
Discipline 
ordered. 



of Discipline made since 1852 incorporated in a new edition of 
Emory's History of the Discipline, and published in pamphlet form. 

G. Haven moved that the resolutions of thanks be 
published in the Chicago daily papers, and the motion 
prevailed. 

A resolution was also adopted tendering the thanks Thanks to daily 
of the General Conference to the daily papers of the 
city of Chicago for their full and satisfactory reports 
of the proceedings of the Conference. 

The following resolutions of J. M'Clintock were 
adopted, namely: 

Resolved, 1. That the Book Agents be directed to pay the Rev. 
James Porter, the Rev. A. Poe, aud the Rev. T. M. Eddy salary up 
to the time at which they shall enter upon other Church employ- 
ment, provided that the same shall not exceed three months' salary 
from May 1, 1868, and also their moving expenses. 

Resolved, 2. That the Book Agents at New York be instructed to 
pay the salary due the Rev. T. H. Pearne, editor of the Pacific Chris- 
tian Advocate, for the time from the close of his editorial term to 
the next ensuing session of the Oregon Conference thereafter, 
namely, from June 1, 1864, to August 15, 1864. 

On motion, it was recommended to the Board of J ; *■ "Stable 

' to be paid. 

Managers of the Missionary Society that the salary of 
the Rev. J. M. Trimble be paid as directed, in the 
case of the Rev. James Porter and others. 

The Presiding Elders of the Black River, Louisiana, Places °f bold - 

ing Confer- 

and Philadelphia Conferences respectively were author- ences. 
ized to fix the places of meeting of said Conferences. 



J. Porter, A. 
Poe, T. M. 
Eddy, and T. 
H. Pearne to 

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June s. On motion of B. I. Ives, it was resolved that the 

enth'dat! session of the Central New York Conference shall be 

Eopiy to protest h e icl in the place heretofore fixed for the next session 

or i. a. uing- 1 

ham. of the Oneida Conference. 

A. J. Phelps presented the following reply to the 
protest of I. S. Bingham, to wit: 

Believing that the Protest offered yesterday by Rev. I. S. Bing- 
ham, and spread on the Conference journals, places Black River 
Conference in an improper light, we desire to enter upon the 
journals the following showing: 

1st. In favoring the present boundaries of Black River Conference 
the majority of our delegation acted in good faith, and with the full 
belief that we were promoting the wishes of the Conference itself; 
the Conference for years having indicated the wish and purpose to 
divide on this very line, and once having obtained a majority vote 
of the Conference for the same. 

2d. That this line, which was the only one ever favorably con- 
sidered by the Conference, was here proposed by a member of our 
delegation to whom the members of the northern part of our Con- 
ference, most concerned in the division, especially committed this 
department of their interest. 

3d. "We, therefore, submit that said Protest offered by Rev. I. S. 
Bingham is utterly uncalled for, and should not be regarded as in 
any good sense a Protest from Black River Conference. 

A. J. Phelps, 

B. S. Wright, 
James Erwin, 
A. E. Corse. 



CENTENARY REPORT. 

Centenary Ee- The Report of the Committee on the Centenary was 
taken up, read, and adopted. The resolutions are as fol- 
lows, namely : 

Resolved, 1. That the General Conference approves the Report of 
the Central Centenary Committee, made at its present session. 

Resolved, 2. That the thanks of the General Conference be, and 
are hereby tendered to the Central Committee for the faithful and 
efficient manner in which it has performed the duties assigned to it. 

[For Report as adopted, see Appendix Q, II.] 
Exception of The Report of the Committee on the Reception of 

Delegations. x _ L 

Delegates from Foreign Bodies was read and adopted, 
as follows, namely: 

Tour Committee, to whom was referred the consideration of some 
plan for the reception of the fraternal salutations of correspond- 
ing bodies, would respectfully report the following addition to our 
Rules, which, although it cannot be of much practical value this 
session, may prove suggestive to the next General Conference : 

Whenever representatives of affiliated bodies shall appear at the 
door of the General Conference they shall first present themselves 
to a committee of five appointed for that purpose, to be called the 
Committee of Introduction, who shall examine their credentials and 



1868.] Journal of the General Conference. 357 

report to the General Conference whether they ought to be received, June £2. 
and if so, an order of arrangements for their reception, which re- Twenty-sev- 
ception shall be at a special session called for the purpose. ENTn Day - 

J. M'Clintock offered the following resolution, which 
was adopted, to wit : 

Resolved, That when members of our Church habitually and for a Quarterly Con- 
long time absent themselves from the means of grace, the Quarterly ference and 
Conference may inquire into the case, and if it is found that such W1 rawa 8 ' 
neglect is without proper cause, it shall be lawful for that body to 
authorize the Preacher in charge to erase their names as withdrawn 
from the Church. And if any person thus deprived of membership 
in the Church, shall complain of the action had in his case, he shall 
be entitled to trial and appeal. 

J. M'Clintock also presented the following preamble 
and resolution, which was adopted : 

Whereas, The year 1869 will be one hundred years since Richard Wesley's first 
Boardman and Joseph Pilmoor, John Wesley's first regular mis- ^erica" 68 ' 
sionaries, arrived in America, bringing fifty pounds with them as a 
token of brotherly love ; and 

Whereas, That was an important era in our history, as well as 
that of missions ; and 

Wliereas, Their mission to the new world was honored of God, 
and a great blessing to the infant society; therefore, 

Resolved, by this General Conference, That we recommend the 
celebration of the one hundredth anniversary of their arrival in 
America in connection with our missionary jubilee. 

Daniel Curry moved that the Journal be now read 
preparatory to the final adjournment of the General 
Conference of 1868, and the motion prevailed. 

The Journal was then read, and approved. 

Daniel Curry further moved that after special relig- Closing exer- 

J . cises. 

ious services the Conference shall stand adjourned sine 
die, and the motion prevailed. 

Bishop Kingsley read the last five verses of the 
Gospel according to St. Matthew : 

" Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, 
into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. 
And when they saw him, they worshiped him : but 
some doubted. And Jesus came and spake unto them, 
saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in 
earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptiz- 
ing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, 
and of the Holy Ghost : teaching them to observe all 
things whatsoever I have commanded you : and, lo, I 
am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. 
Amen." 



358 Journal of the General Conference. [186S. 

June 2. Bishop Thomson read the seven hundred and twelfth 

TWENTT-SEV- V, vlTm . 

enth Day. n J mn • 
Closing exer- Blest be-the tie that binds 

ci8es - Our hearts in Christian love ; 

The fellowship of kindred minds 
Is like to that above. 

Before our Father's throne 
"We pour our ardent prayers ; 

Our fears, our hopes, our aims are one, 
Our comforts and our cares. 

"We share our mutual woes ; 

Our mutual burdens bear ; 
And often for each other flows 

The sympathizing tear. 

"When we asunder part, 

It gives us inward pain ; 
But we shall still be joined in heart, 

And hope to meet again. 

This glorious hope revives 

Our courage by the way ; 
"While each in expectation lives, 

And longs to see the day. 

From sorrow, toil, and pain, 

And sin we shall be free ; 
And perfect love and friendship reign 

Through all eternity. 

After the hymn was sung Bishop Janes led the de- 
votions of the Conference in prayer. 
i The Doxology was then sung, and Conference closed 
with the Benediction pronounced by Bishop Scott. 

T. A. MORRIS, 
E. S. JANES, 
L. SCOTT, 
M. SIMPSON", 
O. C. BAKER, 
E. R. AMES, 

D. W. CLARK, 

E. THOMSON, 
C. KINGSLEY, 

Bishops. 
W. L. Harris, Secretary. 

G. W. Woodruff, ") 

R. H. Pattisos, [ . . 

E H Waring I ^ssista?it Secretaries. 

G. B. Jocelyn, J 



APPENDIX. 



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ADDRESSES AND REPORTS OF THE BISHOPS. 

A, l. — Journal, pages 48, 72. 

ADDRESS OF THE BISHOPS. 

To the General Conference op the Methodist Episcopal 
Church : 

Reverend and Dear Brethren, — Grace be unto you and 
peace from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. 

Assembled in General Conference as the chosen Representatives 
of the Methodist Episcopal Church, we extend to you our fraternal 
and most cordial salutations. We also invoke for you, and upon 
you, the blessing of the great Head of the Church, humbly be- 
seeching Him that in his fatherly goodness your lives and your 
health may be mercifully preserved during the period of your de- 
liberations, and that your families and pastoral charges may, in 
your absence, be watchfully guarded by his gracious providence. 
Intrusted with the highest interests of the Church — invested with 
powers involving vast responsibilities and exercising an influence 
which must affect even our most distant fields of labor — we ear- 
nestly pray that the Divine Presence may constantly be in your 
midst, and that you may be endued with that wisdom which alone 
can preserve from error, and direct to conclusions which God will 
approve. 

Never, in the history of the Church, has a General Conference 
oonvened under circumstances more favorable than those which at- 
tend this fifteenth quadrennial session of your venerable body. 
The place of its assembling, farther west than at any previous pe- 
riod — this city, so recent in date, of such wonderful growth, located 
on the shore of a beautiful inland lake, yet reaching its arms of 
commerce to distant parts of the globe — seems in harmony with 
the progress of the Church, to which God has given- such rapidly 
extending boundaries. Already its Annual Conferences reach from 
the Atlantic to the Pacific, sjireading alike over the immense 
prairies and the towering mountain. It has not only kept pace 
with the advancing columns of population on this continent, but, 
claiming the world for its parish, it has organized its Conferences 
in Africa, Europe, and Asia. 



360 Journal of the General Conference, 1868. [A, I. 

The time has peculiar interest as marking an era in onr history. 
The first century of American Methodism has just closed. Before 
us pass in review its small beginnings, severe oppositions, hard- 
contested fields, its moral heroes, its fearless utterances, songs of 
joy and shouts of triumph. As in the presence of such " a cloud 
of witnesses " we meet in the first General Conference of our 
second century. What may lie in the future no human eye can 
see, but we look forward in hopefulness and faith. The same grand 
and glorious doctrines of a free and full salvation which our fathers 
proclaimed still resound from all our pulpits. To fallen and siuful 
humanity is offered a Divine Redeemer, whom, despite of all the 
cavilings of infidelity and " the oppositions of science falsely so 
called," we rejoice to hail as " very God " and " very Man," the 
Lord of Hosts, the King of Glory. We have the same usages and 
the same instrumentalities. The class-meeting and the love-feast, 
the itinerant system and the general superintendency, are elements 
of power with us as with our fathers. 

In our national condition a vast change has occurred since our 
last assembling. Then a fearful war was devastating a large por- 
tion of our land. More than a million of men were under arms, 
and in frequent conflict. Peaceful avocations were interrupted, 
many a home was vacant, and many a heart was sad. Dark clouds 
threw their shadows over the future, and the nation's life seemed 
in peril. Now we meet rejoicing in the salvation which God has 
wrought. The voice of war has been hushed, and its tumult has 
passed away. The unity of our nation has been secured. Human 
slavery, that great crime against humanity and God, has perished 
in the struggle which itself commenced ; and freedom, peace, and 
prosperity are beginning their triumphant reign in every part of 
our land. Doors Ions: closed against our ministers and our services 
are now thrown open, and the down-trodden and oppressed are 
joyfully welcoming the missionary and the teacher. 

The world is feeling the impulse of great ideas. Not only are 
the thoughts of freedom wafted from our shores, stirring the 
hearts of the masses in Europe, but slumbering Asia, with the 
weight of stagnant centuries upon her, seems partially aroused, 
and the old Celestial Empire, which had scorned to learn from 
Europe, is to-day bowing to receive lessons from America. Not 
our thoughts of government alone move the world. China knows 
America chiefly through her missionaries. It is the spirit of our 
free voluntary Churches that gives inspiration to our citizens who 
represent us abroad. That same spirit is to-day shaking the Estab- 
lished Church in Ireland, and in England ; and when the connection 
of Church and State shall be severed in every land — when boasting 
Ritualism and arrogant Exclusiveness shall vanish — the historian 
will turn to our shores to note the commencement of the move- 
ment, and will find that not least among the causes has been the 
wonderful progress which Methodism has made. 

Since the adjournment of the last General Conference, Rev. L. L. 
Hamline, D. D., formerly an honored member of our Board, has 



A, I.] Address of the Bishops. 361 

departed this life. Bishop Hamline was a man of genius, of culture, 
of varied learning, and of eminent piety. He possessed both a 
logical mind and a vivid imagination. He was a beautiful and for- 
cible writer, and a natural and effective orator. During his min- 
istry he spent seven years in the pastoral work, was for four 
years Editor of the Ladies' Repository, and for eight years a Gen- 
eral Superintendent or Bishop. At the close of his second quad- 
rennial term of service he found his health wholly inadequate for 
the arduous duties of that office, and he presented to the General 
Conference his resignation. From that time until the period of his 
death he was a superannuated member of the Ohio Conference. 
In death he was more than conqueror. 

We are also reminded that some beloved brethren who took 
part in our deliberations in the last session of the General Con- 
ference have been called from labor to reward. Charles B. Tippett, 
Isaac Owen, Samuel Y. Monroe, and Henry M. Blake will be re- 
membered as among our most devout and honored laborers ; men 
who endured toil, who stood in the van of our advancing hosts, 
and whose memory will be " as ointment poured forth." 

As members of the Episcopal Board, we desire, in this public 
manner, to return thanks to Almighty God that, notwithstanding 
our labors have been abundant, and our travels have led part of 
our number almost around the globe, yet our lives have been 
spared, and no severe accident has occurred to any of us. We 
have been permitted to attend all the sessions of the Annual Con- 
ferences, with but three exceptions, when there were providential 
hinderances, and to perform all the duties devolving upon us in the 
order of the Church. We regret to say that the health of our 
eolleague, Bishop Baker, has been materially impaired. While on 
his way to the Colorado and Pacific Conferences in 1866 he was 
attacked with a disease which seriously affected his vocal organs, 
and which was followed by general debility. Though somewhat im- 
proved in health, he has been but partially able to resume his 
labors. 

Having been appointed by the last General Conference as a dele- 
gate to the Wesleyan Conference of Great Britain, Bishop Janes, 
in 1S65, attended the sessions of the British and Irish Conferences, 
and conveyed to them your salutations. He was most cordially 
received by those Churches, which he visited in your name. He 
will make his official report when desired by the General Con- 
ference. Rev. Dr. Bowman, who had been appointed to accompany 
him, was, we are sorry to say, detained by domestic affliction. 

Bishop Janes also presided in the Mission Conferences of Ger- 
many and Switzerland, and visited generally the missions in Ger- 
many, Switzerland, and Scandinavia. 

In 1864 and 1865 Bishop Thomson made an extended tour to 
India and China, visiting and superintending our missions in those 
distant lands. Under the authority given by the General Con- 
ference, he organized the missions in India into an Annual Confer- 
ence, December 8, 1864. His visit, we believe, was made a blessing 



362 Journal of the General Conference, 1868. [A, I. 

to the misionary work, and an increased impetus has been given to 
our labors in those lands. On his return, Bishop Thomson also 
visited our Bulgarian Mission in Constantinople. 

In 1867 Bishop Kingsley visited our mission stations in Germany, 
Switzerland, and Scandinavia, and also held the Mission Conference 
of Germany and Switzerland. 

Arrangements were being made for one of the Bishops to visit 
South America; but, learning from the superintendent of the mission 
that it would be premature, the contemplated visit was deferred. 

In accordance with the action of the last General Conference a 
number of Annual Conferences have been organized. Among these 
are four German Conferences, the Central, Northwestern, South- 
western and Eastern. These are in successful operation, much to 
the satisfaction of our German brethren. 

In that part of our southern territory heretofore not included in 
Annual Conferences, the following Conferences were organized under 
the specific authority given to the Bishops, namely : Holston, June 
5, 1865; Mississippi, December 25, 1865; Tennessee, October 3, 
1866; South Carolina, April 2, 1866; Texas, January 3, 1867; 
Virginia and North Carolina, January 3, 1867; Georgia, October 
10, 1867; Alabama, October 17, 1867. 

In these Conferences three hundred and seventy-three traveling 
preachers were appointed at the recent sessions, besides a large 
number of Local Preachers, who travel under the Presiding Elders, 
and the membership was reported at ninety thousand and seventy- 
one. From information recently received, we have no doubt large 
accessions have since been made. In addition to the above, our 
work has been greatly enlarged in the States of Kentucky, Mis- 
souri, and Arkansas, there having been during the four years an 
increase of twenty-seven thousand two hundred and twenty-five 
members, and one hundred and seventy-seven traveling preachers. 
If we add these returns to the Conferences above named, there is 
exhibited a total gain of five hundred and fifty traveling preachers, 
and one hundred and seventeen thousand three hundred and 
twenty-six members. These Conferences, earnestly desiring to 
make known to your body their condition and necessities, elected 
Representatives under the form and directions for electing dele- 
gates. They will be present, and will ask admission as members 
of your body. This question rests wholly with you ; and yet we 
deem it proper to say that if, in your wisdom, any mode for their 
legal admission can be found, such action would greatly advance 
the interests of the Churches in the localities represented. 

Near the close of the last General Conference authority was 
given to the Bishops " to organize among our colored ministers, 
for the benefit of our colored members and population," one or 
more Mission Conferences, and to define their boundaries. Subse- 
quently, on the same day, the General Conference defined the Dela- 
ware and Washino-tc-n Conferences by names and boundaries. The 
rule of Discipline requiring a probation of two years, was so far 
suspended as to allow the Bishops to organize into Annual Con- 



A, I.] Address of the Bishojis. 363 

ferences such colored Local Elders as had traveled two or more 
years under Presiding Elders, and were properly recommended. 
Under this authority the Delaware Conference was organized July 
28, 1864, and the Washington Conference October 27, 1864. They 
now contain one hundred and one ministers, and twenty-six thou- 
sand four hundred and eighty-seven members and probationers. 
The creation of these Conferences was hailed, by our colored Min- 
isters and membership, with great joy, and has, we believe, been 
productive of much good. The ministers are becoming familiar 
with the mode of conducting business, and many of them are rap- 
idly improving. At their recent sessions they elected Representa- 
tives to this body, according to the form of the Discipline for 
electing delegates. Whether these Representatives should be ad- 
mitted you alone have authority to decide. In our judgment, the 
success of this work demands all the encouragement which the 
General Conference can properly give. 

Not only has the Church been greatly extended by the organi- 
zation of Annual Conferences, but with devout thankfulness we 
record that the Divine blessing has been given in large measure to 
our pastoral work. The number of members and probationers has 
increased from 923,394 in 1863 to 1,146,081 in 1867, being an ad- 
dition of 222,687, or the largest increase which has ever occurred, 
with a single exception, in any quadrennium in the history of the 
Church. Part of this has arisen, as before stated, from the prog- 
ress of the work southward, where a large number of those who 
had not been able to secure our services previously gladly wel- 
comed our arrival among them ; yet by far the largest part of the 
increase has been by conversions. 

The material interests show an addition equally remarkable. 
The number of church edifices has increased from 9,430 to 11,121, 
being an addition of 1,691, or an increase of about eighteen 
per cent, in four years. The value of churches in 1863 was 
§20,830,554, and in 1867 it had swelled to $35,885,439, showing an 
increase of $15,054,885, or more than seventy per cent, in four 
years. • 

In the same period the increase in the number of parsonages 
was 717, and the increase in value was 82,571,145, making a total 
increase in the estimated value of Church property in four years of 
817,626,000. By turning to the Minutes of 1857 it will be seen 
that the total value of Church property was then 817,908,184, thus 
showing that in the last four years the addition to our Church 
property was nearly equal to its value for the first ninety years of 
our history. 

Part 'of this increase may have been caused by the general rise 
in estimated prices, and part by the erection of new churches ; 
but the greatest proportion probably by substituting for primitive 
edifices those of more commodious size and of costlier structure. 

The last General Conference was pleased to direct the Bishops 
to appoint a Committee of Preachers and Laymen who should des- 
ignate " to what objects, and in what proportion, the money raised 



364 Journal of the General Conference, 1868. [A, L 

as Centenary Connectional Funds should be appropriated." This 
Committee met at Cleveland, Ohio, Feb. 22, 1865, and its action 
has already been placed before the General Conference. It was 
found practically, however, that our people generally preferred 
local objects to connectional ones. Hence, while some noble do- 
nations were made to the Mission House, to the General Educa- 
tional Fund, and to the Irish and German Funds, the larger part 
of the contributions were given to colleges and seminaries, and for 
the erection and improvement of church edifices and parsonages. 
The religious services were attended with more than ordinary in- 
terest, and in many places there were signal manifestations of 
divine mercy. The aggregate amount of the contributions for 
general and local objects is reported by the Central Centenary 
Committee at $8,397,662. That portion which is for the General 
Educational Fund and for the Children's Fund is under the direc- 
tion of the General Conference, and will require appropriate action. 

We are happy to say that the educational interests of the 
Church have been greatly prospered during the last four years. 
Many of our institutions, which were deeply embarrassed, have 
been relieved from debt. The endowment of others has been in- 
creased, and the general interest in the cause of education has been 
strengthened and extended throughout the Church. 

Our theological schools are reported to be in a prosperous con- 
dition. The oldest of them, removed from Concord, is now known 
as the Boston Theological Seminary. It has been but partially 
organized in its new abode, but liberal friends are rallying around 
it, and it promises to take a high rank among similar institutions. 
The Garrett Biblical Institute has erected a beautiful memorial 
hall known as the Heck Hall, thus honoring the name of the Chris- 
tian lady who was first to urge the establishment of Methodistic 
public worship on our shores. The chair made vacant by the death 
of Dr. Dempster has been filled by the Trustees, on the nomination 
of the Bishops, by the election of Miner Raymond, D.D. In all 
its arrangements this institution is in a state of great prosperity. 
To these has been added, by the munificent liberality of Daniel 
Drew, Esq., of New York, a third institution known as the Drew 
Theological Seminary, and located on a beautiful tract of land at 
Madison, New Jersey. A liberal charter has just been obtained 
from the Legislature of that State, placing the Seminary fully 
under the control of the General Conference. We invite your at- 
tention to a careful consideration of the question whether the 
guardianship of these institutions, having, as they do, for their 
object the education of the ministry, is sufficiently assured to the 
Church. 

There is, we think, less tendency to the multiplication of colle- 
giate institutions than during the former periods of our Church 
history, and there is a growing disposition to more thoroughly 
endow and sustain those which have been founded. Several new 
seminaries have been established in different parts of our work, 
and generally, we think, under favorable auspices. We trust, 



A, I.] Address of the Bisho2)s. 365 

however, that they will not be multiplied beyond the absolute 
necessities of the localities, or beyond the means and disposition 
of the Church to sustain them. In the liberal patronage of our 
colleges aud seminaries we recognize the strong purpose of the 
Church to provide for the education of its youth. It is our im- 
perative duty to watch over and to train those committed to our 
care, that they may grow up attached to the doctrines and to the 
usages of Methodism. 

The publishing interests of the Church, we are glad to say, are 
in a prosperous condition. The reports of the Book Agents, both 
at New York and Cincinnati, show a very large increase in the 
amount of sales during the last four years. For specific details 
we refer you to the rej)orts of the Agents, which have already 
been presented. With improved facilities, and with an increas- 
ing demand for our publications, we anticipate that the future will 
show a much greater enlargement. 

The periodical press continues to be an element of great power. 
Its issues are prized, and the information dhTused tends to foster 
an enlightened piety. We hope the day is not far distant when 
in every family our Church papers will be found. 

Our Sunday-Schools show an increase in the number of children 
amounting to 241,819, being some 1S,000 more than the addition 
to our membership. The conversions reported also exhibit a large 
advance. New publications have been issued from the press, local 
libraries have been enlarged, and an increased interest has been 
awakened in the modes of instruction. The formation of Sunda}-- 
School Teachers' Institutes has added to this interest, and has 
been of great service to the cause. How far additional encour- 
agement should be given to this department of labor is worthy 
of your careful consideration. 

The Tract Report shows an increase both in collections and 
disbursements. A number of new tracts have also been added to 
the list. While much has been done, we think it worthy of your 
consideration whether there is such a systematic agency for the 
distribution of tracts as the interests of this department require. 

The receipts of the Treasurer of the Missionary Society show an 
unparalleled increase during the past quadrenuium. Notwith- 
standing the centenary contributions called forth in another direc- 
tion, the liberality of our people, notwithstanding heavy drafts 
were made in the earlier part of it for the Christian and Sanitary 
Commissions, and in the latter part for the Church Extension and 
Freedman's Aid Society, yet so deep and abiding is the interest in 
the cause of missions that the contributions have more than 
doubled. The largest receipts of any previous quadrennium were 
from 1860 to 1864, amounting to $1,153,041. Those from 1864 to 
186S are $2,457,548, an increase of 81,304,507 ; yet so many fields 
have been opened, and so urgent have been the calls, that the 
treasury is now in debt. 

Our foreign missions are generally in a satisfactory condition. 
In the oldest of these, the mission in Liberia, the progress has been 



366 Journal of the General Conference, 1868. I A, I. 

slow, yet it is thought there has been more of an aggressive spirit 
manifested than during any former period. The future also 
seems more hopeful. As the condition of the colored population 
in this country is improved, the emigration to Africa will be of 
more intelligent and enterprising men. The demands of com- 
merce, the call for skillful mechanics and artisans to develope the 
resources of that country, and for teachers to educate the youth, 
must bear to those shores those who will impart a spirit of in- 
creased enterprise. 

In conformity with the provision made by the last General Con- 
ference, the Liberia Annual Conference, with the concurrence and 
approbation of the missionary secretaries and the Bishop having 
charge of the work, elected Rev. J. W. Roberts as Missionary 
Bishop for Liberia. He visited this country, and was ordained 
and set apart for this work by Bishops Janes and Scott at New 
York in June, 1866. 

Our mission in China is progressing steadily. Not content with 
occupying the Province of Tookien, our missionaries have entered 
that of Kiangsi, have planted a mission in its capital, Kiukiang, 
heretofore unoccupied by any Christian missionary. 

The extent of the empire, the advance of European civilization 
along its coast and up its highways, the revolution of ideas and 
institutions which is constantly and rapidly going forward, and 
the protection secured both to missionaries and their converts by 
treaty stipulations, mark China as the grandest field for Christian 
missions which the earth affords. We may add that the increas- 
ing commerce and facilities of communication between our Pacific 
coast and the opposite shore increases our responsibility. We 
suggest that provision be made for the organization of an Annual 
Conference in our China field during the next quadrennium. 

Our India mission field, we have every reason to believe, has 
been cultivated by faithful laborers, with fruits worthy of their 
diligence and devotion. In the protection afforded by the govern- 
ment, the patronage of the English population, and the accessi- 
bility of the native mind, our expectations have been realized. 
The value of our foundations, the number of our stations, the vast 
population which we have undertaken to evangelize, together with 
the certainty of steady and the hope of rapid progress, though 
matters of congratulation, should impress us with a sense of our 
responsibility and the necessity of an enlarged beneficence ; while 
the difficulties to be overcome in winning the nation to Christ 
should inspire us with patience in waiting for results. 

In Bulgaria, though but little fruit has yet been apparent, much 
faithful labor has been expended. Rev. Mr. Flocken has worked 
assiduously in his field upon the Danube ; while more recently Dr. 
Long, the superintendent of the mission in Constantinople, has 
been engaged in co-operation with others in the translation and 
publication of the Holy Scriptures in the Bulgarian language. 
We hope a foundation is being laid for an extensive work in the 
future. 



A, IJ Address of the Bishops. 367 

In Germany our missions, organized some ten years since into 
an Annual Conference, have steadily been gaining in every element 
of strength. The Tract House in Bremen has issued tracts and 
papers both in explanation and defense of our plans, but chiefly to 
promote experimental piety. The Theological Institute, formerly 
at Bremen, and over which Rev. J. F. Hurst, B*. D., presided, has 
been removed to Frankfort-on-the-Main, a generous donation of 
twenty-five thousand dollars having been made by J. T. Martin, 
Esq., of Brooklyn, for the erection of an edifice in that city. 

Our missions in Scandinavia, like those in Germany and Switzer- 
land, have resulted from the desire of persons converted in Amer- 
ica to proclaim the Gospel in their father-land. The work is more 
promising at present than at any former period in its history, and 
new fields of labor are already white unto the harvest. 

In our South American missions there has been considerable 
enlargement New doors have been opened, and calls for mis- 
sionary labor are abundant. We have already stated the reasons 
why an episcopal visit has not been made to that mission. A 
visit, however, is contemplated whenever arrangements can be 
made for the ordination of such licentiates in the employ of the 
missions as may be found, by virtue of their talents and services, en- 
titled to orders, and when the other interests of the mission shall 
make it desirable. 

In 1866 the Bishops recommended the establishment of a mission 
for the benefit of the Spanish-speaking population in our south- 
western territories and in Mexico. The General Mission Com- 
mittee made an appropriation for its commencement, and a mis- 
sionary was selected and was prepared to enter upon his work ; 
but owing to the financial embarrassments of the missionary treas- 
ury, resulting from the failure of the receipts to equal the appro- 
priations, the Missionary Board considered it unwise to commence 
it at present. 

Provisions were made at the last General Conference for the 
organization of the Church Extension Society, and in the following 
winter a charter was obtained from the Pennsylvania Legislature. 
Rev. Samuel Y. Monroe, D. D., was appointed by the Bishops as 
the Corresponding Secretary. He entered upon his work feeling 
its importance, especially in view of the enlargement of our Church 
territory, and liberal plans and arrangements were devised. The 
work was laid out possibly upon too large a scale, and in attempt- 
ing to carry out these plans his health became impaired, and his 
sudden and mournful death interrupted and greatly embarrassed 
the operations of the Society. More recently Rev. A. J. Kynett, 
D. D., of the Upper Iowa Conference, was appointed to succeed 
him, and has entered vigorously upon his allotted work. The So- 
ciety, although not accomplishing all that its friends hoped for or 
desired, has been the instrument of great good. It is now upon a 
safe foundation, with the prospect that its means of usefulness will 
be greatly enlarged. Some changes may be needed in its consti- 
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The overthrow of slavery has made accessible for purposes of 
education and Christian nurture the colored population of the 
South. Commissions having this end in view were speedily organ- 
ized, and our Church heartily co-operated in the work; but when 
the leading denominations, withdrawing from the undenomina- 
tional commissions, established societies of their own, and espe- 
cially when the establishment of schools in connection with our 
missions became necessary, a Freedman's Aid Society was organ- 
ized in connection with our own Church. It has now been in 
operation about a year and a half. Daring the first year fifty-two 
teachers were employed, and about five thousand scholars were 
gathered into the schools. At the present time the Society has 
seventy-two teachers, with about seven thousand scholars. The 
education of the freedmen is a question so important to themselves, 
and so vital to the future of the Church, as well as of the country, 
that it demands, as it no doubt will receive, your earnest con- 
sideration. 

On the 27th of May, 1864, the General Conference adopted the 
following resolution, namely : 

"Resolved, That the Board of Bishops be requested to consider 
and report to the General Conference of 1868 what changes 
should, in their judgment, be made in the boundaries of the An- 
nual Conferences to promote the highest welfare of the Church." 

The Bishops are deeply impressed with the importance of the 
subject thus referred to them, and have given to it that careful 
consideration which it demands. Heretofore, in fixing the bound- 
aries of Annual Conferences, too little regard has been paid to the 
civil divisions of the' country. Nor is this surprising, since in 
those instances in which the ecclesiastical organization preceded 
the civil it necessarily defined its limits by mountains, streams, or 
other topographical landmarks. This primitive mode of designa- 
tion was naturally retained after its necessity ceased. In the 
formation of new Conferences from old ones the usual practice has 
been to divide by an arbitrary line, without much regard to State 
or county lines. Hence it has happened that in the formation of 
Conferences towns and cities have been divided, and yet one of 
the largest States in the Union has no Conference wholly within 
its boundaries, while, on the other hand, some Conferences em- 
brace parts of two, three, and even four States within their limits. 

In view of the influence of local legislation upon the corporate 
wealth of the Church, the benefit of ascertaining from year to year 
our ecclesiastical statistics within the several States, and the ad- 
vantages of city, county, and State organizations in carrying on 
the various benevolent operations, and other collateral interests of 
the Church, such as the distribution of the word of God, the pro- 
motion of the cause of temperance, and the erection of institutions 
for higher education, it is our deliberate judgment that the Gen- 
eral Conference might promote " the highest welfare of the Church" 
by readjusting Conference lines. 

We know that there are serious, though we think not insur- 



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mountable, obstacles in the way. One of these is legal, growing 
out of corporate interests secured to certain Conferences by name. 
It is presumable, however, that in nearly all such cases, if not 
quite, in the readjustment all pecuniary damage might be avoided 
through that love of equity and spirit of 'kindness which charac- 
terize all truly Christian bodies, and that enlightened legislation 
which would never refuse its aid when necessary to a just and 
satisfactory settlement. 

Another difficulty which has been regarded as formidable by 
some is even less serious. We refer to those strong personal 
attachments which years and decades of common toil and suffer- 
ing, and pleasant business relations, and delightful social and re- 
ligious communion, have contributed to mature. Probably, in 
most cases, the separation of chief friends could be avoided, and 
even should this be found impracticable, it cannot be doubted that 
men of God would cheerfully sacrifice personal feeling upon the 
altar of religious duty. Nor would such sacrifice be without com- 
pensations, not the least of which would be the acquisition of new 
fields of labor without the disadvantages of transfer. 

There may be more serious difficulties in certain cases, nor would 
we urge a conformity to State lines where it is found impracticable 
without the loss of important interests, though we think such 
cases will rarely be found. 

Should the General Conference be in harmony with us on this 
subject we shall be prepared to give suggestions and furnish data 
to aid in the proposed readjustment. 

In arranging for our Centenary services the General Confer- 
ence was pleased to express a desire that all the branches of Meth- 
odism might unite in these services. In this spirit of fraternal 
union the Bishops heartily sympathized, and in 1S65 some resolu- 
tions were adopted expressive of our views, and of our desire to 
see Methodistic families more intimately associated. As the Gen- 
eral Conference had extended to the Methodist Episcopal Church 
in Canada, and to the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, with 
some conditions, the rule previously existing as to the British 
Wesleyans, we deemed it proper to say to the Annual Conferences 
that on the question of receiving ministers from other branches of 
the Methodist family we should not object to the Conferences act- 
ing, if they desired so to do, on the same rule. We submit this 
action to your body, and ask that if it be approved, such change 
shall be made in the Discipline as shall remove all ambiguity. 

The subject of Lay Representation will come before your body 
both by resolutions of Annual Conferences and by petitions and 
remonstrances from the membership. It will doubtless receive 
your careful consideration. 

We respectfully ask your attention to irregularities connected 
with the supernumerary relation. In some cases ministers who 
desire to engage in secular employments or agencies, or to travel 
abroad, seek for and receive a supernumerary relation without an 
appointment. In a few instances the relation has been sought for 

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the purpose of serving Churches connected with other denomina- 
tions, thus retaining a claim for an appointment, and possibly for 
support, should there be failure elsewhere. What legislation is 
necessary to guard against these evils, and to define more clearly 
the amenability of those who reside beyond the limits of their Con- 
ferences, is for your decision. 

Confiding fully in your wisdom, and in your devotion to all the 
interests of the Church, we submit to your careful review our ad- 
ministration during the last four years. 

We have received, and are prepared to lay before your body, ad- 
dresses to the General Conference from the British and from the Irish 
Wesleyan Conferences. You will also be favored during the prog- 
ress of your deliberations with the presence of honored brethren 
who will come as delegates from the British Wesleyan Conference, 
and from our sister conferences in Canada. They will be cordially 
welcomed as brethren beloved, and we hope to be profited by their 
presence and ministrations, as on other occasions we have been by 
their colleagues who have borne to us the salutations of their 
Churches. 

" Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above 
all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in 
us, unto him be glory in the Church by Christ Jesus, throughout 
all ages, world without end. Amen." 



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A, II.— Journal, pages 72, 100. 

REPORT OF BISHOP JANES AS DELEGATE TO THE 
BRITISH CONFERENCE. 

The General Conference of 1864 having appointed me as their 
representative to the British Conference of 1865, my colleagues 
assigned to me the superintendency of the Mission Conference of 
Germany and Switzerland in that year ; the American Bible So- 
ciety also appointed me their delegate to attend the Anniversary 
of the British and Foreign Bible Society. 

I sailed from New York on the 19th of April, when all true 
Americans, in their sympathies if not by their presence, were 
solemnly and with the sorrow of an unequaled bereavement uniting 
in the funeral obsequies of the slain but world-revered and ever-to- 
be-honored Abraham Lincoln. It was sad to leave one's country 
in such a gloomy hour ; but I believed then, as I believe now, that 
the patriotism of the people and the providence of God will pre- 
serve and perpetuate this great and glorious republic. This nation 
was not born to perish. 

I had a prosperous voyage by the will of God, and reached 
Liverpool about noon on Sunday. I went to a Wesleyan Church 
in the afternoon and evening, and was profited by the services. 



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Wesleyan Missionary Society. 

Learning that the Wesleyan Missionary Society was to hold its 
Anniversary the next day in London, I took a very early express 
train the next morning, and reached the place soon after the 
services commenced. I was introduced to the assembly by the 
President of the Conference, Dr. Osborn, and at a subsequent 
period of the meeting was invited to speak. I gave a brief state- 
ment of the favor God had shown to us in our missionary work, 
and in a few words stated the great bereavement and yet hopeful 
condition of our nation ; and I doubt whether any American 
audience could have been more responsive to my statements on 
both these subjects than was that immense assembly, and I trust 
the impression made was good. 

On the Thursday following I attended the Anniversary of the 

British and Foreign Bible Society. 

That occasion called together many of the most influential and 
respectable people from the various Churches of the land. The 
speakers were mostly from the higher order of the clergy, and 
from the nobility and missionaries of foreign parts. I had an 
honorable position assigned me on the programme, and was not 
restricted as to time. It being the semi-centennial year of our 
American Bible Society, I felt a high satisfaction in being able to 
show from reliable data, that neither historically nor prospectively 
was the American Bible Society in its resources or results inferior 
to the British. My address was listened to respectfully, and often 
cheered ; and yet I had some reason to feel that it would have been 
quite as acceptable to an American audience as it was to the one I 
addressed. 

Having performed these official duties and services in London, I 
left on the Monday following to visit our 

Missions in Europe. 

I visited nearly all our missions in Switzerland* and such in 
Germany as were deemed most desirable. I then went to Copen- 
hagen to confer with our missionaries there, and advise as to the 
plans for the coming year. 

On my return to Bremen I found the American citizens there 
had arranged for 

Memorial Services 

in honor of our lamented President. They invited me to preach a 
sermon on the occasion, and I could not decline the service. The 
meeting was held in our church, and was attended by nearly all 
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municipal authorities and official representatives of our country, 
some of whom took part in the services. 

The sermon was extensively published in the papers, and also in 
pamphlet form. A copy of the discourse and an account of the 
proceedings were forwarded by our Consul to the Secretary of 
State and the President in Washington. I felt myself, and believe 
others felt, that it was a deeply interesting and impressive 
occasion. 

The session of the Conference which followed immediately was 
a very harmonious and pleasant one, and it gave me great pleasure 
to mark the progress made in that mission during the four years 
which had intervened since my former visit. Not only had there 
been large accessions to the membership, and a great increase in 
the material resources and strength of the mission, but our young 
ministers had made great proficiency in the acquirement of knowl- 
edge, and in their understanding of the economy and usages of 
our Church, and of our methods of pastoral work and service. 
That mission in its direct influence in the conversion of souls has 
been a very successful and important one. In its incidental influ- 
ence upbn the religious institutions and religious questions in 
Germany, and on the emigration to this country, I deem it still 
more important. 

Mission Institute. 

I have also large expectations of the Mission Institute, now 
being removed to Frankfort and being enlarged. I expect from 
that institute ministers not for that country only but for foreign 
missions as well, who shall carry forward our work in all lands. 
Already several young men have offered themselves for any field 
we may assign them, and I look for such candidates in increasing 
numbers. As these brethren are not directly represented here, it 
may be proper for me to say that, in my judgment, the Church 
has" some of her noblest, most faithful, true, and devoted servants 
in that field. They are earnest, determined, self-sacrificing men, 
and are worthy of our confidence and our prayers. 

- French Wesleyan Conference. 

On my return to England I had the privilege of spending two 
days in Paris, visiting the French Wesleyan Conference. 

This is a small but devoted and determined band of intelligent 
and earnest propagandists of Methodistic Protestantism in that 
great Roman Catholic country. They are intelligent men, banded 
together in love, and they are pushing forward their work most 
earnestly and heroically. It was, to my mind, a sublime spectacle, 
to see these few men resolved upon the evangelization of that 
country. About twenty in number, with small resources, one is 
tempted to ask, What are they among so many ? but if God 
blesses their work, they shall be able to break the bread of life to 



A, II.] Report of Bishop Janes. 373 

the thirty-six millions of souls in that country. I am thankful 
that our Missionary Society has been able to give them a small 
loaf. I trust we shall be able before long to send them 
more. 

My next visit was to the Irish Conference, which met at Cork. 
I was most cordially received, and most hospitably entertained at 
this Conference. 

The Irish Conference is about the size of one of our medium 
Annual Conferences. They have less than twenty thousand 
members. They labor under great discouragements. The popu- 
lation of the country is diminishing. Their members are continu- 
ally emigrating. They have to meet the intense hatred and 
violent opposition of Romanism every- where. The Established 
Church oppresses them. Presbyterianism, sustained by the State, 
has but little sympathy for them. Under all these disadvantages 
these faithful servants of Jesus have patiently and hopefully 
toiled, year after year, by the preaching of the cross, by pastoral 
visitations, and by parochial and Sunday-schools, to evangelize 
the laud, and God has given them a good degree of success. 

Their educational advantages are being improved by the college 
now building at Belfast, and the better facilities for their parochial 
schools recently provided. The contributions of our Churches in 
this country have aided them in their educational work very 
materially; and I assure you they deeply feel the sympathy and 
kindness thus manifested toward them. 

The session of the Conference was harmonious, and among the 
most devotional of any I have ever witnessed. Its ministers are 
true to their country, to their Church, and to their God. And I 
will also express the firm conviction that no ecclesiastical or other 
association in Europe sympathized with us in our late national 
struggle more entirely and more earnestly than did the Irish 
Methodist Conference. 

Beitish Conference. 

The British Conference was held in Birmingham, commencing 
on the 27th of July. On appearing before that body and pre- 
senting my credentials, I was most cordially welcomed in my rep- 
resentative character. On the evening of the second day of the 
Conference an " open session " of the Conference was held. You 
understand that none but preachers and distinguished minis- 
ters who receive permission are present at the ordinary sessions 
of the Conference. At this open session laymen were admitted 
by tickets, and crowded the house. The special object of this 
open session was to hear the representatives of affiliating Confer- 
ences. Delegates from flie Irish, the French, and the Australian 
Conferences were present. It was expected that Dr. Thornton, 
who had presided at the Conferences in the Dominion of Canada, 
would have represented that body. In that meeting I was per- 
mitted to present the address of the last General Conference, which 



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was read and listened to with much interest. I also was permitted 
to make a personal communication, a copy of which I lay on the 
Secretary's table. [The address is given at the close of this Re- 
port. — Secretary.] 

My sense of responsibility, arising from the dignity of the body 
I represented, the seniority and gravity of the Conference I ad- 
dressed, and the comprehensiveness and sacredness of the interests 
of which I spake, was almost oppressive. 

I most deeply regretted the absence of my associate, Dr. Bow- 
man. I felt that it would have been a great relief if he could 
have been with me to share these responsibilities. And I felt also 
that he would have greatly honored us could he have been present 
and given his counsel and assistance. 

The Wesleyan Church of Great Britain and the Methodist Epis- 
copal Church of these United States are equal, in their scriptural 
character, their spiritual power, and their advantages to mankind., 
to any Churches that ever existed or do now exist, consequently 
every thing affecting their prosperity or influence is of vital in- 
terest ; and these sentiments most deeply affected me. 

In my Report of our Church I was desirous of presenting every 
subject in a correct and faithful manner, but I felt great anxiety to 
state the relations of our Church to slavery and the recent national 
troubles truly. I stated it honestly, as I understood it, and I hope 
I did not misjudge respecting it, and that my statements were in- 
telligent and judicious. 

It is the usage of that Conference for the ex-President to 
preach what is called the Conference Sermon on the first Sabbath 
of the session. They were pleased to honor me with that service. 
My effort was not a happy one. I did not represent the Methodist 
pulpit of America fairly on that occasion. I was very unwell, 
and there were other embarrassing circumstances, I ought to have 
had faith and unction enough to have risen above them. I am 
sorry I did not. 

The sermon was very fairly reported, and I do not know that it 
was discreditable. But it was not what the occasion called for, and 
what my brethren here had a right to expect from me. 

During the session of the Conference a very large meeting was 
held in one of the most commodious halls in England in behalf of 
the Freedmen of this country. 

The President of the Conference, the ex-President, Mr. Arthur, 
and other prominent members of the Conference, addressed the 
meeting, as did also prominent men not belonging to the Confer- 
ence or Church. 1 stated my views of the condition and necessities 
of these people, so far as I then had information, and solicited aid 
in providing for their urgent necessities jmd future education. 

After my return I received and paid over to the Society a very 
handsome sum of money as one of the fruits of that meeting. 

I was most profoundly impressed with the wisdom, dignity, 
and spirituality of the Conference. They were a body of culti- 
vated, experienced, and devoted Christian Pastors. Their 



A, II.] Report of Bishop Janes. 375 

intercourse with each other was respectful, even deferential and 
affectionate. 

In their mode of conducting Conference business they differ 
widely from the usages of either our Annual or General Confer- 
ences. The Conference is legislative, executive, and judicial in its 
functions. Their form of government would not be adapted to our 
country and circumstances. 

It may be the best for them, but I could not divest myself of 
the conviction that if their government had in the beginning been 
more nearly conformed to ours it would have increased their effect- 
iveness. If several of their districts were put into a Conference corre- 
sponding to our Annual Conferences, and then the Legal Conference 
conformed to our General Conference, they would find many ad- 
vantages from the arrangement. Not an unimportant one would 
be, the saving ©f pastoral time. It seemed to me to be greatly to 
be regretted that more than five hundred of their ablest Pastors 
should be absent from their people at Conference from three to 
four weeks every year. But they do not need counsel from me. 
They doubtless understand their interests better than I can. I may 
say, however, that I prize our Church polity much higher after 
examining theirs, at least for our country. 

I also marvel at the sagacity of Mr. Wesley in the form of gov- 
ernment he gave us for this country. I can only account for an 
Englishman's doing so by believing God was in it. 

It was stated and admitted in the Conference that they had 
never rejected a candidate for the ministry for lack of literary 
qualifications. Yet their ministry is an educated one. A majority 
of those now in the itinerant work, if my information is correct, 
are graduates of their two theological schools. 

The mannerism which such schools are apt to give in this 
country is perceptible in the students of the Wesleyan Insti- 
tutions. Dr. Hannah expressed his regret that it was so. An- 
other of the most venerable members of the Conference asked 
me if our preachers had that sameness of style and manner. I 
stated that I thought not. He expressed the wish that we might 
escape it. 

Shall I give offense if I express the hope that this General 
Conference, and those immediately directing our theological schools, 
will do all they can to prevent such a result from our schools ? I 
do not believe it a necessary, though it is a natural, effect of the 
influence of the teacher upon the student. 

Do not misunderstand me. I do not mean to say there is not in- 
dividuality in the Wesleyan ministry. There are men of genius who 
would despise all imitation ; men who use their own gifts and at- 
tainments in their own way ; as natural and effective speakers as 
any ministry Christ has upon earth. Yet the Conference is some- 
what affected by the mannerism of the schools. 

According to my observation the Wesleyan ministers are more 
careful in their pulpit preparations, more systematic in the form of 
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376 Journal of the General Conference, 1868. [A, II. 

authority to settle doctrinal questions, and use Scripture illustra- 
tions more freely than we do. On the other hand, our preaching 
has more variety, more vivacity, more exhortation, more pungent 
appeals, and more immediate effect. 

I will say one thing more about the Wesleyan Conference. As 
a body they are men of one work more literally than we are. This 
arises, in part, from their view of the sacredness of the office of 
the ministry. They believe that men who are ordained to this 
work should be wholly given up to it, and hence they ordain no 
local preachers; and if a man leaves the traveling ministry he 
gives up his credentials. 

Another reason for this is found in the more equal provision 
made for the support of the ministry. We have some larger sal- 
aries among our ministry than they, but they have none so small 
as many of ours. There is more comparativee quality, (and it is 
only comparative,) and more certainty in the provision for their 
Preachers. This arises from the collections made in the stronger 
Churches for the help of the weaker, and from appropriations 
made by societies which have long existed among them. I think 
there is very little suffering among any class of their ministry, 
and provision is also made for the widows and orphans of deceased 
Preachers. 

It seems to me there is nothing more essential to our effective- 
ness than some such provision for the help of weak appointments, 
and for assistance in educating Preachers' children ; and in the 
older parts of our work I believe the thing to be practicable. 

I heard it said in private circles, and also gathered from reports 
and utterances in the Conference, that as a Church they were 
making more direct and earnest efforts to reach the masses of the 
people than had been the case in some former periods, and that 
their society corresponding to our Church Extension Society, their 
domestic missions, and their parochial and Sunday-schools, gave 
them great success in these efforts. I had but little intercourse 
with the laity of the Church in England, but sought, however, in- 
formation respecting their character, life, and influence as I had 
opportunity. Nowhere did I hear any complaints with reference to 
their Pastors, and I believe they have all the respect and rever- 
ence which the people should have for their ministers. I nowhere 
heard a word of complaint about their economy, but all seemed to 
be happy in the Church of their choice. I believe they are more 
strict in receiving members than we are ; their examination is more 
full and guarded ; and they also hold over their members a more 
rigid discipline. Their administration does not absolutely require 
that members should attend class, and yet I think there is more 
general attendance upon class than with us. Their laity are not 
only benevolent, they are missionary, aggressive, devoted disciples 
of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

The laity of the "Wesleyan Church in England is one of the 
most spiritual and useful of any, not only in that but in any 
land. 



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Missionary Jubilee. 

Their Missionary Jubilee celebration has been a great success. 
It has brought to their treasury a large amount of funds, enabling 
them to reduce their indebtedness, and strengthen the material 
interests of their missions, in addition to apparent spiritual 
benefits. 

As the next year will be our Missionary Jubilee, I suggest 
whether we ought not to celebrate it with devout thanksgiving and 
special contributions to specific missionary objects. 

I will state one thing further in this connection. Their Mis- 
sionary Anniversary is the great annual festival of the Church. 
It brings together the prominent members of the Church, lay and 
clerical, male and female, from all parts of the country. They 
are together for days, waiting together and praying together, 
ascertaining the result of the collections and work of the past year, 
and laying their plans for the coming year ; and their anniversary 
is an occasion of certain and almost unequaled religious interest 
and fervor. The congregation is one such as perhaps no other 
anniversary can bring together. The speakers are understood to 
speak to topics which have been furbished them, and which they 
have had time to consider and understand, so as to be able to 
speak most effectively. And then these addresses are published 
in all their Church papers, and they make a missionary literature, 
and thus the anniversary occasion gives an impulse which is felt 
to all the extremes of the Church. 

It is a grand spiritual conflagration which illuminates and warms 
the whole Church for the whole year ; and I submit whether our 
anniversaries could not and should not be made seasons of similar 
interest and power ? whether we would not do well to imitate the 
British Conference in this? Could we not bring together on these 
occasions our laymen and ministers — the best of the mind of the 
Church — and thus increase the Church's strength ? Could we not, 
thus assembling from all parts, inflame each other's zeal, and in- 
crease each other's strength ? I submit whether our whole press 
should not be subsidized to make this impression upon all our 
people, and thus make these anniversary exercises the occasion of 
great and lasting benefit ? 

My examination of Methodism in different countries has con- 
vinced me that it can live and operate in almost any condition, and 
despite almost all embarrassments. It is simple, consistent truth 
and divine grace working together, by chosen and sanctified in- 
strumentalities, for the salvation of men. Its spirit is the spirit 
of Calvary, its power is the power of Pentecost, its glory the 
glory of the Cross. Yet the less encumbered it is, and the better 
adapted its instrumentalities, the greater will be its success. 

I have also been impressed with the importance of the connec- 
tional character of Methodism as essential to the fullest accom- 
plishment of its great mission. Its direct aim is to convert sinners 
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incidental influence is, in connection with other free evangelical 
Churches, by the moral effect of the voluntary principle to separate 
all Protestant Churches from the State. This end, in my opinion, 
draws nigh. And when this is done, then it will be our woi*k and 
mission to antagonize a non-political and spiritual Church to a po- 
litical and ceremonial Church. "When these antagonisms meet, as 
meet they must, we shall need the connectional power. In those 
times how will it encourage the hearts and strengthen the hands 
of those who may compose the General Conference (and I believe 
there are men here who will be there) to have present, if not legal, 
at least corresponding, sympathizing, members from England, 
Ireland, France, Germany, Turkey, India, China, Africa, South 
America, and the islands of the sea. 

What a representative prayer-meeting they could hold. Where 
that General Conference shall meet, whether in Chicago or New 
York, or San Francisco, or London, or Rome, or China, I do not 
know. But meet w T here it may, it will be a grand power for the 
transformation of the world. 

This may seem chimerical to some, and perhaps to most ; but I 
think I see it, and it is no chimera to me. It has not yet fully 
taken shape in my mind, but it is there ; and I trust you will 
see it when it has taken shape and is established ; but I submit 
whether there is not sober truth enough in it to show the impor- 
tance of maintaining our connectional character inviolate, and 
fraternizing with the other branches of the Methodist family more 
closely ? 

From this conviction, I suggested to the British brethren that 
as the facilities of travel were now so great, and as we were 
sending representative men to look after our Missions in Europe, 
and they were sending representative men to their Conferences in 
the Dominion of Canada, these fraternal greetings might be given 
every four instead of every eight years. They have acted upon 
that proposition, and appointed Rev. Mr. Punshon to represent 
them at this Conference. I hope you will reciprocate the ap- 
pointment. 

I wish now to say, that I have understood all the time that the 
honors paid me by these Conferences were paid to my represen- 
tative character, and not to me personally. They all belong to 
you and not to me. I feel too that I ought to say that I was de- 
lighted to see how credentials from the Methodist Episcopal Church 
in this country gave me a cordial reception in every place where 
I went. Nothing but our national ensign has more authority and 
power in the earth than credentials from the Methodist Episcopal 
Church. 

I felt much honored by this appointment which the General 
Conference conferred upon me, and now, after having discharged 
my duties and made my report, if I can feel that my services have 
been acceptable, it will be among the most pleasant remembrances 
of my life. 

I thank you for your patience and attention in hearing me this 



A, II.] Report of Bishop Janes. 379 

morning, and before I close I will ask the Secretary to read the 
resolution which was presented to the Conference by the. ex-Pres- 
ident, accompanied with several complimentary addresses by the 
President, by Mr. Naylor, the oldest member of the Conference, 
Dr. Hannah, Mr. Arthur, Mr. Wiseman, and others, and then 
passed by a unanimous rising vote. 

[The Secretary then read as follows : 

"Resolved unanimously, That the Conference have heard with 
great satisfaction the address of Bishop Janes, and the informa- 
tion he has communicated concerning the state and progress of the 
work of God under the care of that Church which he represents. 
They rejoice in having seen their highly respected friend among 
them. They cordially thank him for the able and Christian manner 
in which he has discharged his public duties, and commend him 
to the protecting care of our heavenly Father during his return 
voyage, as well as throughout his subsequent career."] 



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ADDRESS OF BISHOP JANES. 

To the British Conference of the Wesleyan Methodists, 
July 28, 1865. 

Me. President, Reverend Fathers, and Brethren : In ap- 
pearing before you at this time for the performance of my official 
duties as the representative of the Methodist Episcopal Church in 
the United States of America I feel sad and embarrassed. One 
who seemed to me a natural and almost necessary link between 
myself and these services is not present. Your late excellent and 
able representative to our recent General Conference in Phila- 
delphia, by an inscrutable Providence, has been removed from 
among us. The lips that so eloquently and lovingly conveyed to 
us your fraternal salutations and Christian sympathies, and that 
made to us so many utterances of wisdom, and piety, and encour- 
agement, are motionless in death. The ears, in the hearing of 
which I hoped, on behalf of the Methodist Episcopal Church in 
America, most heartily to reciprocate your fraternal greetings, and 
to acknowledge the pleasure and benefit we derived from his pres- 
ence and various ministrations among us, are sealed to all voices 
until they shall hear the voice of the Son of God waking to life 
and beauty and immortality his sleeping dust. Little did we 
think, when, in his beautiful sermon before our General Conference 
he exclaimed, " Why do we speak of dying ? Death is no longer 
death ! It is the entrance of life, the messenger of glory ! " that his 
personal happy realization of this sublime truth was so near ; that 
the poetical quotation he then made would so soon be literal in his 
own case: 

" I trample death beneath my feet, 
And gladly die my Lord to meet." 



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He rests from his labors and his works do follow him. In America 
his influence survives his return to you, and his translation to 
heaven. As the representative of this Conference to the General 
Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church in the United States 
of America, he discharged his duties with eminent ability, and 
great fidelity. In his social intercourse he was affable, dignified, 
religious. In his ministry he was spiritual, practical, able. In his 
representations of the polity, doctrines, and experience of Wes- 
leyan Methodism, he seemed to us to be candid, intelligent, and 
comprehensive. "We were pleased and edified by his services, and 
in our judgment he greatly honored those whom he represented. 
Though his bodily presence is not with us, yet my faith, not my 
fancy, assures me that he is so near as to be a deeply interested 
spectator of these services, and inspires within me the anticipation 
of his felloAvship in heaven. 

We deeply regretted that the intended companion of William 
Thornton was providentially prevented from accompanying him to 
our land and to our Conference. From his fame as a scholar and 
Christian minister, we anticipated great pleasure from his visit. 
Had he been j^erinitted to fulfill his appointment, his presence on 
this occasion would very greatly relieve the sense of vacancy that 
afflicts me in consequence of William Thornton's decease. We 
were well pleased that the Rev. Dr. Robinson Scott accompanied 
your representative. His visits to America have always been 
nailed by us with joy. Though accompanying William Thornton, 
he more particularly represented the Irish Conference. He, too, is 
absent. My own beloved associate, the Rev. Dr. Bowman, has not 
arrived in England. I learn from American papers that he is pre- 
vented from coming by domestic afflictions. I am very sorry he is 
unable to fulfill his appointment her£. I am sure you would have 
enjoyed his society, and been pleased with his services. These 
coincidences give me a solitary, feeling, though in the presence of 
so many dear brethren. I will endeavor to meet my responsi- 
bilities in the name of the Lord. 

We were deputed not only to bear to you the letter of the Gen- 
eral Conference, which has been read, but also to " convey to you 
more particularly" the "views and greetings" of that body. At 
the Conference of 1784, at which the Methodist Episcopal Church 
in America was organized, this question and answer were inserted 
in the Minutes : " What can be done in order to the future union 
of the Methodists ? " Answer : " During the lifetime of Mr. Wes- 
ley, we acknowledge ourselves his sons in the Gospel, ready in 
matters belonging to Church government to obey his commands. 
And we do engage after his death to do every thing that we judge 
consistent with the cause of religion in America, aud the political 
interests of these States, to preserve and promote our union with 
the Methodists in Europe." 

That resolution expresses truly the sentiment and feeling of the 
Methodist Episcopal Church to-day. Consequently, your expression 
of " kindly and fraternal affection," contained in your address to our 



A, II.] Address of Bishop Janes. 381 

General Conference, and the " assurance in the strongest terms," of 
" the undying regard" you cherish for the ministers and members of 
the Methodist Episcopal Church given by Mr. Thornton, were most 
gratefully received by us ; and I can assure you, " in the strongest 
terms," that the same holy spiritual affection is cherished for you by 
your brethren in America. It leads us to sympathize in all your trials, 
to rejoice in all your prosperity, and to pray continually for your 
enlargement and usefulness as a Church of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

In your address you were pleased to say : " Great has been our 
sympathy with you, beloved Christian brethren, in the calamities 
of the war which has now for so long a time ravaged your land, 
and which cannot but have inflicted sore distress on you as a Chris- 
tian community, impeding not a few of your evangelical efforts, 
and casting shadows of discouragement and fear on some of the 
brightest scenes of your ministerial toil. Our prayer is, that the 
God of peace may speedily bring this national strife to a righteous 
and happy termination, and that the extensive territories of your 
country may flourish beyond all former measure in temporal and 
spiritual prosperity." Your representative added: "True sym- 
pathy is not eloquent. That is my plea for the stammering and 
inadequate expression I shall give to another sentiment. We have 
not heard of your bereaved families, your scattered Churches, your 
bleeding country without many tears, without many prayers. 
And let me add that our press has always uttered a profound sym- 
pathy for the Methodist Episcopal Church, and the land in which 
you exercise your ministry." These expressions of prayerful sym- 
pathy with our land and our Church reached us at an opportune 
moment. The war to which they refer w r as progressing on its 
most extended scale. Sanguinary battles were succeeding one an- 
other in quick succession. The great stake w r hich humanity had 
in the contest was still subject to the contingencies of war. We 
realized most profoundly the gravity of our national circumstances, 
and the solemnity of our obligations as philanthropists, patriots, 
and Christians. At such a time to receive assurances of prayerful 
sympathy from such a body of Christian ministers as composed 
the British Conference, and from such a body of Christian believers 
as they represent, was most cheering. 

From the character of our conflict we confidently expected that 
all Englishmen, and especially that all English Christians, would 
sympathize with us. How could it be otherwise? Has not 
England a constitutional government? Has she not led public 
sentiment and governmental action on the subject of emancipation ? 
Have not her pulpits and her presses for years been reproaching 
us because slavery existed in our lands, and vehemently exhorting 
us to put it away? Was it not most reasonable, then, that we 
should expect that when the hosts of slavery and the legions of 
liberty were in deadly strife, all true Englishmen, and especially 
all English philanthropists and Christians, should instantly range 
themselves on the side of freedom and right ? But we had come 
to understand, as I must believe mainly from a misapprehension of 



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the true issue, that all England was not with us. We were, there- 
fore, most happy to learn in so authentic a manner as that of your 
address, signed by the then venerable President and Secretary of 
your Conference, 'and the pathetic utterances of your most worthy 
representative, that the great Wesleyan branch of Christ's Church 
in England sympathized with us, wept with us, and prayed for us. 
Thank God, prayers ascending from England and from America, 
and from other lands, have been heard ; and, in the language of 
your address, the God of peace has brought " our national strife to 
a righteous and happy termination." 

It is one of my pleasant duties on this occasion to reciprocate 
most cordially the international interest expressed both in your 
letter and by your representative. We are all republicans, and 
never more intensely so than now ; but we have intelligence and 
candor enough to perceive and appreciate the excellences of your 
constitutional government, and the wisdom and usefulness of many 
of your institutions. Allow me to congratulate you upon your 
citizenship in one of the freest and most powei'ful kingdoms in the 
world ; upon your continuous national peace and great national 
prosperity ; upon the fact that you are favored with one of the 
most truly Christian sovereigns that ever swayed a scepter. I am 
sure the great body of those I represent will say amen to the 
prayer I now sincerely and earnestly offer : " Long live the Queen, 
and prosperous be her realm." 

The other special topic of your address is that of slavery. On 
this subject your language is not only declarative of your un- 
changed sentiment of the evil of slavery, and of our duty with 
calm and steady perseverance in the spirit of Christianity to seek 
its removal, but also prophetic of its end. You say, " The time 
will surely come when that evil shall no longer exist." I doubt 
whether you expected your prophecy would so soon be fulfilled to 
the extent it has been. I cannot say that slavery does not exist in 
the United States. I thank God I can say that it only exists to a 
very limited extent. When the war commenced fifteen of the 
States were slave States ; now only two, Delaware and Kentucky. 
In Maryland, Missouri, and Tennessee it has been abrogated by 
State action ; in the secession States by the President's proc- 
lamation. Delaware and Kentucky, not having joined in the 
rebellion, the President could not include them in his proclama- 
tion. As yet these two States have failed to emancipate their 
slaves. It has been ever our embarrassment, in dealing with this 
subject, that it was a municipal and not a national question. 
Slavery existed by State law, and could only be abolished by State 
authority, except by so changing the national Constitution as to 
prohibit involuntary servitude. It required a majority of two 
thirds of Congress and a concurrence of three fourths of the State 
Legislatures to alter the Constitution. Nearly half the States were 
Slave States. It was therefore impossible to obtain these major- 
ities. The free States were therefore utterly incapable, in a peace- 
able manner, of emancipating the slaves. Their oaths, as citizens, 



A, II.] Address of Bishop Janes. 383 

and their obligations to constitutional law and public order forbade 
it. We could and did employ moral influence in various ways. 
But when most of the slave States, for the purpose of protecting 
and perpetuating and extending tbe institution, rebelled against the 
Federal Government, seized the national forts and arsenals, and by 
their war measures imperiled the national life, it became lawful as 
a military necessity for the President to proclaim the freedom of 
the slaves in such States. The philanthropic and patriotic Abra- 
ham Lincoln, in the providence of God President of the United 
States, saw the opportunity, seized it, and by his proclamation 
emancipated about three and a half millions of bondmen. 
Neither the spirit of the age nor the attributes of God will ever 
permit that jiroclamation to be annulled or made void. Its author- 
ity I believe to be as imperishable as that of the writing of God 
upon the tables of stone upon Mount Sinai. It is as glorious a 
Magna Charta as that which a military necessity compelled King 
John to give the liberty-loving Britons at Runnymede. The late 
Congress, by a constitutional vote, passed a resolution so to alter 
the national Constitution as to prohibit slavery in the nation. 
Nearly enough of the State Legislatures have concurred to give it 
legal effect. It is confidently believed that the requisite number 
will soon be obtained, and the last vestige of slavery be removed 
from the Republic. 

It requires a similar process to alter the constitution, or " restric- 
tive rules," of the Methodist Episcopal Church. The late General 
Conference, by a nearly unanimous vote, passed a resolution so to 
change the restrictive rules of the Discipline as to prohibit slavery 
in the Church, They directed the Bishops to lay the resolution be- 
fore the several Annual Conferences for their concurrence. If a 
sufficient number concurred to give the rule legal effect, they, the 
Bishops, were to notify the Book Agents, who in that event were 
to insert the rule in all subsequent editions of the Discipline. 

Before I left it had been ascertained that the vote in the An- 
nual Conferences had been as unanimous as it was in the General 
Conference, so that now the Methodist Episcopal Church is, in fact 
and form, as well as in spirit, a non-slaveholding Church. The 
address of the General Conference, which has been read, states 
that this action was taken upon the grounds that now slaveholders 
in the United States can have no difficulty in manumitting their 
bondmen. The Methodist Episcopal Church has always been anti- 
slavery in its spirit and doctrine. Her Discipline has always borne 
a strong testimony against " the great evil." There have been 
diffences of opinion as to what measures were wise, and prudent, 
and useful in promoting its extirpation ; but in feeling and senti- 
ment the great body of the Church has been thoroughly anti- 
slavery. The Pastoral Address of the General Conference of 1856 
declares " the debates brought out fully the fact, that none of the 
members of this General Conference entertain proslavery senti- 
ments." The Pastoral of the late General Conference says : " We 
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American Churches in the contest against slavery." I am fully 
persuaded that the correctness of the position, and generally of the 
action, of the Methodist Episcopal Church on this subject, will be 
more and more clearly seen as it is looked back to in the light of 
the future. The Church has not gone before Providence, but 
worked with Providence. Indeed, when I look at the whole history 
of the abolition of slavery in America, I do not see how any man 
in England or America, in State or in Church, can say, " We did 
it ; it is the result of our schemes and of our utterances ; we did it." 
Neither do I see how the former slaveholders, in the bitterness of 
their displeasure, can say to any man, anywhere, " You did it ; 
you brought upon us this chauge of condition." Certainly no man 
ever proposed the method by which it has been removed. The 
plain fact is this : God, in his providential march, trod upon the in- 
stitution, and with the foot of his power crushed it into dust. 

The late General Conference ordered that the centenary of 
American Methodism be celebrated by all our Churches and people 
with devout thanksgivings, by special religious services and liberal 
thank-oiferings, during the month of October, 1866. In this 
epoch of her history the question naturally arises, What has been 
the career of American Methodism, what its attainment of power 
and usefulness in the land and in the world ? As a partial answer 
to this inquiry we refer you to our latest tables of statistics. 
Communicants, 983,320 ; itinerant ministers, 6,281 ; local min- 
isters, 8,205; churches, 10,015; parsonages, 2,948; estimated 
value of churches and parsonages, $26,883,0*76 ; Sunday-schools, 
13,153 ; officers and teachers, 148,475 ; scholars, 859,700. We 
have 161 missionaries in foreign lands, and 7,022 Church members. 
Amoug the foreign populations of our own country we have 
laboring 286 missionaries, and in the churches under their care 
26,138 communicants. In our domestic missionary department we 
have about 800 missionaries. Their statistics are given in the 
o-eneral aggregates I have stated. Some of these missionaries are 
supported wholly by the missionary fund, but most of them only 
in part. Receipts of the Missionary Society last year were $558,- 
993 ; the appropriations for the current year are $265,000. We 
have 28 universities or colleges, in which there are 4,675 students, 
with property and endowment funds amounting to more than 
$28,000,000. We have two theological schools, in which there 
are 116 students, with property valued at $150,000. We have 76 
academic institutions, with about 10,000 students, the number of 
males and females being about equal. Our use of the press has 
been constantly increasing. We have now nine weekly and 
several semi-monthly, monthly, and quarterly periodicals, which 
are official, and several unofficial periodicals which are Methodistic 
in their character. We still follow the example of Mr. Wesley in 
zealously circulating religious books. We have a very large 
number of Sunday-school publications, and a religious literature 
adapted to the wants of the whole Church. 

These statistics only answer the question partially. There have 



A, II.] Address of Bishop Janes 385 

been several large secessions from the Church, but the seceders 
have continued to preach our doctrines and observe most of our 
usages. I have not been permitted to examine the " Book of Life " 
to ascertain the great number who once shared our militant 
fellowship on earth, but now enjoy the divine fruition of the 
Church triumphant in heaven. Could I obtain the number of 
those living and dead who have been enrolled in the annals of 
American Methodism, even that would not give the full measure 
of its usefulness. Its influence, subtile as the fragrance of the 
flower, could not be registered by man ; " As the dew of Hermon 
and the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion," when 
" the Lord commanded the blessing," the influence of American 
Methodism has descended upon the whole land, permeating more 
or less all denominations of Christians, and germinating and 
maturing many rich fruits which have been gathered in other 
Churches and recorded in other registers. 

It is, perhaps, a most important question for us to answer 
whether the American Methodism of 1865 is the Methodism intro- 
duced in 1766. Notwithstanding all that croakers and grumblers 
have said or can say on this subject, a careful examination will 
show that if it does not strictly retain the resemblance of the 
impression to the signet, it does bear the identity of manhood to 
childhood, of the harvest to the seed. Changes have been made 
in the " rules and regulations " from time to time, by legitimate 
authority, as the exigencies of the Church have required. It is 
exceedingly interesting to see how these changes have been in the 
direction of development, of enlargement, and of progress. The 
Methodist Episcopal Church was organized by authority of Mr. 
Wesley in 1784 by Dr. Coke. The Liturgy which Mr. Wesley 
provided for the Church contained the forms of making and 
ordaining Superintendents or Bishops, and Elders or Presbyters, 
and Deacons. The Discipline he gave the Church provided for 
employing unordained ministers and local preachers to assist the 
pastors in their pulpit labors, and class leaders to aid them in their 
pastoral work. These are the orders and duties of our ministers 
and pastors at this present time. The number of ministers soon 
became so large, and their distance from each other so great, that 
it was found impossible for them to meet in one Conference. Two 
Conferences were then formed. As these became inconveniently 
large they w T ere again divided ; and this process has been con- 
tinued, until now, including our Conferences in Africa, and Ger- 
many, and India, we have sixty Annual Conferences. For the 
same reason it was found necessary to provide for a delegated 
General Conference, to meet quadrennially, with authority, under 
certain specified restrictions, " to make rules aud regulations " for 
the Church, to review the administration of the Annual Con- 
ferences, and to elect and ordain bishoj>s whenever the state of the 
work required it. These annual and quadrennial conferences are 
composed of ministers only. We have also a quarterly conference, 
composed of the preachers of the circuit, the local preachers, 

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stewards, trustees, class leaders, exhorters, and Sunday-school super- 
intendents. This Conference has a general but prescribed supervision 
of all the interests of the circuit. The few simple rules which Mr. 
Wesley provided for removing improper persons from the society, 
and improper ministers from the Conference, have been elaborated 
into a complete system of ecclesiastical jurisprudence, securing to 
every accused person a trial by his peers and the right of appeal. 

We maintain unimpaired the itinerancy of our ministry. In the 
older and more densely populated portion of the country the work 
is divided into stations or separate pastoral charges. In the newer 
and more sparsely peopled sections we retain the circuit form. 
The late General Conference extended the term of ministerial 
service so as to allow a minister to remain three years in the same 
charge. The Bishops constitute an "itinerant general superin- 
teudency." There is no feature of our polity of which both the 
ministers and laity of the Church are more jealous. The attach- 
ment to it is universal. Attendance upon class-meeting has not 
been uniformly enforced as a condition of Church membership. 
The duty of attendance upon this social means of grace has been 
strongly urged upon all our members. Many of the pastors have 
laid aside for a breach of our rules such members as were delin- 
quent in this respect. The institution is very highly appreciated 
by the spiritual and devout portion of the Church. It is invalua- 
ble in training our converts. Our leaders, taken as a body, make 
a sub-pastorate, a lay agency, which is unequaled. The local 
preachers and class leaders of the Methodist Episcopal Church 
constitute one of the grand forces of American Methodism. Only 
one radical change is sought in our polity, that of lay representa- 
tion in our Conferences. This question agitated the Church at an 
early period, and caused a large secession. It was renewed with 
some formality and earnestness in 1852. Since then it has been 
zealously advocated by a worthy and influential portion of the 
Church. The General Conference of 1860 passed a resolution ap- 
proving the introduction of lay representation in the General Con- 
ference when it shall be ascertained that the laity of the Church 
desire it. It also provided for submitting the question to the 
vote of the laity. When the vote was taken, a large majority 
voted against it. The friends of the measure, however, brought it 
to the attention of the late General Conference. That body re- 
affirmed the resolution of 1860, and declared their readiness at all 
times to receive petitions and memorials on the subject, and to 
consider them most respectfully. If the time comes when the 
" popular will " of the Church desires it, the principle will be ad- 
mitted into our polity in some form. Possibly your mixed com- 
mittees may be suggestive to us on the subject. In the United 
States, both in Church and State, we have learned to trust the 
people, and neither in State nor Church have the people proved 
themselves unworthy of any great trust committed to them. Lay- 
ing responsibilities on intelligent masses has the same effect as 
putting them upon individuals, it makes them conservative. 



A, II.] Address of Bishop Janes. 387 

I have shown that after some variations from time to time of 
her action on the subject of slavery, though steadfastly bearing 
her testimony against the " great evil," the Church now, if not in 
advance of Mr. Wesley's doctrine on the subject, is in advance of 
his practice, absolutely denying Church membership to all slave- 
holders. In 1848 the General Conference restored Mr. Wesley's 
rule in the Discipline on the subject of " drunkenness, buying or 
selling spirituous liquors, or drinking them, unless in cases of extreme 
necessity." Never did the Methodist Episcopal Church occupy 
higher ground or take more decided action on the sanctity of the 
Christian Sabbath. Nearly all the Conferences have a standing 
committee on the subject, and our whole influence is employed to 
promote it. Without particularizing further, I will express the 
judgment that a comparison of the discipline and practice of the 
Church in 1784 with the discipline and practice in 1865 will show 
that on the subject of Christian morals the Church has maintained 
her integrity. 

In Methodist doctrine I believe we are incorrupt. We still 
retain Mr. Wesley's abridgment of the Thirty-nine Articles of the 
Church of England as our formula of doctrine. Mr. Wesley, Mr. 
Fletcher, and Mr. Watson are still among our standard theolog- 
ical authors. Our manner of presenting these doctrines, both in 
our pulpits and by our presses, is Wesleyan. We are wont to 
dwell with frequency and much emphasis upon the universality 
and sufficiency of the atonement of our Lord Jesus Christ ; " re- 
pentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ as 
the condition of justification or salvation ; the witness of the 
Spirit, and entire sanctilication by the Holy Spirit, received by 
penitent faith in the atonement and intercession of our blessed 
Redeemer and Mediator ; good works as the fruit of holiness ; the 
resurrection of the dead, and eternal life." 

The records of our Annual Conferences and the statements of 
our periodicals show that the religious activities of the Church 
are very great. In erecting church edifices, in paying off church 
debts, in organizing and conducting Sunday-schools, in establishing 
and endowing literary institutions, and in supporting and enlarg- 
ing our missionary operations, and in many other ways, our people 
show a very commendable zeal. In making new circuits, and in 
taking up new appointments on old ones, in preaching the word, 
in taking heed to the flock, in pastoral duties, and in encouraging 
and aiding the great enterprises of charity and religion, the min- 
isters generally labor with diligence and energy. Ministers and 
people work together harmoniously and systematically as well as 
earnestly. 

I am persuaded many of these venerable ministers here present 
would like to make one further inquiry. Does the Methodist 
Episcopal Church retain its simplicity and spirituality ? Is it 
being built up with " living stones ? " Is it " a spiritual house, a 
holy priesthood, offering up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God 
through Jesus Christ?" We cannot search the hearts or discern 



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the spirits of our brethren. We can only judge from outward 
signs, and even these with great cautiousness. Most of our mem- 
bers bring forth the fruits of good living. They testify in class 
meetings and love-feasts, and on other suitable occasions, to their 
enjoyment of God's pardoning mercy and adopting love ; many of 
them of his sanctifying power. Our people almost uniformly 
prefer spiritual, scriptural preaching. We are favored with fre- 
quent and extensive revivals ; and we can and do feel and say 
" The best of all is, God is with us." We are not a backslidden 
Church. 

The future of the Church must depend somewhat upon the future 
of the Nation : also, to some extent, upon the action and influence 
of other denominations ; still more upon the fidelity of the Church 
and the favor of God. Hypothetically, our futivre seems vast and 
glorious. Our broad acres, our varieties of climate, our mountains 
of minerals, our fountains of oil, will bring an immigration from 
all lands, which in the aggregate will be immense. If in this 
respect we grow with the growth of our nation, and I see no reason 
why we should not, our increase must be unprecedented. I think 
it reasonable to suppose that we shall again, to some extent, 
occupy the Southern States, and that a portion of those who be- 
longed to the Southern Church before the war will unite with us. 
Moving bodies increase their momentum by the aggressions they 
make in their progress. Our strength, our moral force, is constantly 
accumulating. These considerations are sufficient to indicate our 
future growth and grandeur as a Church of Christ. I shall not be 
surprised if my successor who stands before you eight years hence, 
instead of representing a million of communicants, and peoples 
and institutions corresponding, should represent two millions of 
members and corresponding interests. 

I have thus presented to you in a very imperfect manner the his- 
tory, condition, and prospects of the Methodist Episcopal Church 
in the United States. My object has been candidly to set before you 
our claims to your continued sympathy and fellowship. In any thing 
in which we are wrong we shall be thankful for your counsel. 

There are two or three special reasons, aside from the consider- 
ation of the state of the Church, that I would have liked to have 
urged ; but the time of the meeting is so far advanced that I shall 
content myself with simply stating them. The first is, that from 
the beginning of our Church there has been a large element of 
English and Irish Methodists among us ; they have been converted 
by your ministers, and they have come from your fellowship to 
ours. They are still worthy of your pastoral love. Another reason 
is, that furnished by our international relations. The peace of the 
two nations will be, to a great extent, affected by the fellowship of 
the different branches of the Christian Church, and especially of 
our two branches of the Church of our Lord Jesus Christ, their 
connectional character giving importance in this regard. Another 
point was, that the union of the different branches of the Methodist 
Church would, in my judgment, add very much to their efficiency. 



A, II.] Address of Bishop Janes. 389 

We have a common Bible. I wish we had a common hymn book, 
and our forms of government only differed so far as the state of 
each country makes it necessary. In addition to our Annual and 
Quadrennial Conferences, I wish we could have a Delegated Con- 
ference from all branches of Methodism in the world at least once 
in twenty-five years. I believe that such an association of the 
different branches would make us a power sufficient to autagonize 
any false Church in the earth, and to overthrow, with the blessing 
of God, all the powers of darkness in the world. There is still 
another thought. We have dangers and difficulties in the Church ; 
that is to say, we are a militant Church. I know that you have 
access to God. We know that God has promised to hear and 
answer prayer, and we do desire your continued intercession before 
him. Statesmen may place their trust and hope for international 
fellowship in the telegraphic wires which they are now laying 
under water. I have much more faith in promoting unity and 
brotherly love in the Church, by means of the mystic telegraph 
that passes above the clouds, and by the throne of God, and that 
bears hi mighty currents, responsive from land to land, from Church 
to Church, and from heart to heart, the constraining love of our 
Lord Jesus Christ. 



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A. III.— Journal, pages 100, 140. 

BISHOP THOMSON'S REPORT OF HIS VISIT TO INDIA, 
CHINA, AND BULGARIA. 

I left the country during the darkest part of the war. The voy- 
age over the Atlantic was rendered less pleasant by reason of the 
fact that nearly all the ship's compauy sympathized with the South- 
ern Confederacy, and anticipated a speedy triumph. There were, 
however, some exceptions — Germans — one of them a banker, who 
said: "We hope you will succeed for two reasons — we think you 
are right, and we have taken a hundred millions of vour bonds. 
The capitalists of Europe generally say, ' These American bonds 
are worthless, and none but thick-headed Dutchmen will buy 
them;' but if you succeed we will show them that the thick-headed 
Germans know more than they do." At Liverpool, I preached in 
the Church where that Conference was held which sent Dr. Coke 
on his last mission. At London I preached in the Lambeth 
Chapel. 

My stay in England was less pleasant than had been former 
yisits, owing to causes which I will not recount, because every man 
is bound to avoid whatever tends to national animosity. Particu- 
larly should we study " the things that make for peace " in rela- 
tion to Great Britain. Connected with her as we are by ties of' 
origin, language, law, literature, and religion, in an Armageddon 
we should be found fighting together for liberty, progress, and 



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Protestantism. May the ocean which rolls between us never be 
the grave of our national friendship; rather, may the cable beneath 
be as a bridge of Varolius to unite the two hemispheres of a 
common brain. On through France to Marseilles, where we take 
passage for Alexandria. Here we first touch the heathen world, 
and yet it looks not like a heathen city, for here are streets and 
residences in European style, English, French, and Italian, by the 
tens of thousands, and Catholic and Greek cathedrals. It excites 
strange emotions to hear the whistle of the locomotive near the 
base of Pompey's Pillar. On through tamarind arbors and cotton 
fields to Cairo, where we stop long enough to see the objects of 
attraction, such as pyramids, mosques, and the American mission. 
Now through the desert to Suez, where we take ship for Calcutta ; 
we stop at Aden, where we see something of the tawny descend- 
ants of'Ishrnael, some of whom swim around our vessel ready to 
dive for a sixpence, and sure to bring it up. Next, to Ceylon. Here 
tropical vegetation is seen in perfection. The forests of bread-fruit 
and plantain, the orchards of cocoanut palm. The roads festooned 
with fragrant flowers, and the paddy-fields and cinnamon gardens 
remind us of a verse of the missionary hymn : 

"What though the spicy breezes 
Blow soft o'er Ceylon's Isle, 

* * 3c % %• & H; 

The heathen, in his blindness, 
Bows down to wood and stone." 

The religion is Buddhistic. The stranger is kindly received at the 
temples. One priest is printing, in the form of tracts, to counter- 
work the missionaries, Bishop Colenso's works. On my return 
to the island I found the priests and missionaries engaged in a 
protracted controversy concerning their respective faiths. Now 
for Calcutta. Entering the Hooghly we saw a vessel that had been 
capsized with seven hundred souls on board, all of whom perished 
— higher up a steamship of the largest class, twenty-five feet above 
the water. Calcutta had the appearance- of having been shelled by 
an enemy. The cyclone had demolished houses, swept shipping 
into the streets, and utterly destroyed many villages. 

At Calcutta we met Dr. Butler, and with him proceeded up the 
Ganges. Our first stopping-place was Benares. Here I took my 
first good look at idolatry, which inspired me with a loathing I 
can find no words to express. Here we had an opportunity of 
seeing something of the upper class at a durbar held by the 
Governor-General. The London Missionary Society mission, as 
well as that of the English Church, gave us every attention. 
From Benares to Allahabad, where we saw another Church mis- 
sion, and a Presbyterian one also, and attended a meeting of the 
managers of a society to propagate Christian knowledge. Thence 
\ to Agra, to see a Baptist mission, from which we step aside to see 
the Taj, the tomb of Akmar, and his imperial residence. From 
Agra to Delhi, where is another Baptist mission. Thence to Mee- 



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rut, where we took a dhooley for Bijnour. This is in our mission- 
field, and here we found Brother Hauser laboring faithfully. At 
this, as at all our other stations, we examine schools, attend meet- 
ings, preach, administer sacraments, etc. On through the out- 
stations of Najeehabad and Nagunah to Gurmuktezer, to attend 
a mala — a great camp-meeting, at which there was, by estimation, 
seven hundred and fifty thousand people. Grand opportunity for 
preaching, of which missionaries, among them Brother Parker, 
take advantage ! 

Now. for Moradabad — our next station — where we meet Mis- 
sionaries Parker, Mansell, and Cawdell and their wives. Amid 
love-feasts, schools, preaching in churches, and by the road side, 
the time passes rapidly. After a trip to the out-station, Sumbhal 
and Babukera, we set out for Nynee Tal, a city built around a 
mountain-lake. Ascending Mount Chenah, eight thousand five hun- 
dred feet above the level of the sea, we get a view of the snowy 
range of the Himmalayas — the grandest in the world — and look 
down upon the plain of the Ganges with its fifty million people. 
Brother Baume was stationed here. We heard him preach in the 
Hindustani, and preached for him to an English congregation, in 
which we saw the Lieutenant-Governor and his staff and the 
British Commissioner. 

From Nynee Tal to Pilibheet, an abandoned station now reoc- 
cupied, where Missionaries Waugh and Thomas met us to attend 
us to Bareilly. This is the center of our operations, and the seat 
of our girls' orphauage and mission press. Thence to Budaon, 
where Brother Scott was engaged heartily in carrying on his mis- 
sion. Back to Bareilly, and then to Shahjehanpore, where Brother 
Brown was preaching and superintending school, and Brother 
Johnson was supervising the boys' orphanage. As we were about 
to leave, the boys of the orphanage, drawn up in line on each side 
the dhooleys, sang in familiar tones that familiar hymn, 

'• There is a happy land, far, far away." 

These lines from Hindoo lips, in the midst of a heathen popula- 
tion, and thousands of miles from home, were fitted to remind us 
of the dear land we might never again behold, and the better one 
that we are sure, if faithful, to see. 

Now for Luckt mpore, an abandoned station, for which Baraitch 
has been substituted. Here Ave were entertained by the British 
Commissioner, who, to other favors, added this, that he lent us an 
elephant to help us on to Seetapore. About nightfall the animal 
went upon its knees that we might mount upon its back. Bros. 
Butler, Gracey, and myself sat upon the pad. The unwieldy bulk, 
irregular motions, uncertain tempers, and irresistible might of the 
creature, made the ride unpleasant to the inexperienced rider. I 
was in perpetual fear of being shaken off and trampled under the 
creature's feet. There are moral situations, of a similar kind, 
where one is mounted on unwieldy bodies of irregular motions and re- 
sistless force. At Seetapore we mark the work of Brothers Gracey 



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and Jackson, and have a happy season of worship and song. Al- 
though about Christinas time, we gather roses and tomatoes in the 
garden. 

From Seetapore to Gondah, where we resolved to plant a new 
mission. Onward to Ajudiah, to see a college for the education 
of priests, located near the birth-place of the god Ram. In one of 
the temples here a guide pointed out among the gods and god- 
desses one which he denominated "the supreme god, or Jesus 
Christ ;" an incidental proof of the orthodoxy of the missionaries. 
Now to Roy Bareilly, where Brother Wilson was founding, under 
favorable auspices, a new mission. Thence to Lucknow, where 
the Conference was held. We have time to look into the work 
of Brothers Judd and Messmore, the one preaching, the other teach- 
ing, before the organization. Hither come the brethren with their 
wives and little ones and tents. Before organizing they drew up 
a memorial protest, in which they at once protested against the 
restrictions under which they were placed, and prayed for a res- 
toration of their constitutional rights. They were assured that the 
General Conference would carefully consider their case, and if con- 
vinced that they had erred, would take pleasure in rectifying the 
error. At the opening of the Conference I delivered an address, a 
printed copy of which I lay on the Secretary's table. [For the 
address, see at the close of this report. — Secretary.] 

The Conference was remarkable for the dignity of its bearing, 
the spiritual character of its religious exercises, and the harmoni- 
ous and devotional spirit of its social meetings. Never did I at- 
tend such a Conference before, never may I hope to attend such 
again; it will be (like a thing of beauty) a joy forever. The inter- 
est was heightened by considering that it was the first Methodist 
Conference formed on that continent which bore up the footsteps 
and echoed to the voices of the Son of man ; that it was held in 
the finest city of Northern India, and between the Himmalaya 
mountains and the Ganges ; and that it gave us an opportunity of 
striking at caste — the curse of India — by ordaining white and black, 
Americans, and Hindoos, on the same platform. The candidates 
admitted into the body on trial were well worthy, and might have 
passed in any of our Conferences. 

In India one feels the meanness of caste. In one of our journeys, 
while cooking breakfast by the road-side one morning, I was mov- 
ing toward some little children, whose mother was cooking, prob- 
ably for some coolies at work on the road, with some presents in 
my hand, when Dr. Butler suddenly arrested me, saying that my 
touch was pollution, that nothing would be eaten that I bore ; that 
my foot set within the circle where the woman was cooking would 
defile and ruin every thing within it. Here I was with an Anglo- 
Saxon skin on my head, a human soul in my breast, an American 
passport in my portfolio, " brought up standing " before a poor, 
ignorant, black and stupid Hindoo. 

From Lucknow, in company with Brother Baume, to Calcutta. 
Here we dined with the Governor-General, who expressed great 



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interest in our missions, and while he doubted whether much could 
be done with adults, he had great confidence in the schools, and 
to them we must look for India's redemption. 

Leaving Calcutta we proceed to China, the passage to Singapore 
pleasant ; thence to Hong Kong distressing. The monsoon raged 
without intermission ; the ship was loaded with opium and butter, 
]Dart of which was rancid ; the small-pox was on board ; there were 
no passengers but myself; the crew were lascars, the cook a Mo- 
hammedan, the red ants ran over the table. Before the voyage 
was ended I was sick. Doctor Legge found me at a tavern at 
Hong Kong, and took me to his own home, where I soon gained 
strength enough to proceed to Foochow. 

Here every thing connected with our mission was prosperous. 
Our customs, usages, are observed as in India, and the doctrinal 
teaching, religious experience, and moral standard and practice are 
in harmony with the Church at home. Our churches in the city 
are opened daily when the streets are most thronged, and into 
them come stragglers, attracted by curiosity, some with chickens 
in their arms, cash round their necks, etc. They often listen with 
attention to the preaching, and sometimes ask for a Bible, which 
the missionaries are cheerful to give. Meanwhile in schools and 
orphanages the work of education and evangelization goes on 
among the young. 

We pass up the river Min to Mr. Sites's station and to the Peach 
Orchard, familiar to those who read of our China Mission ; have 
pleasant intercourse with the missionaries of other Churches located 
in this region, and have time to visit the temples of the different 
religions of the heathen prevalent in China. 

Our customs, usages, and forms are observed both in our India 
and China missions, and the doctrinal teaching, religious teaching, 
moral standard and practice, are in harmony with the Church at 
home. 

The Missionary Society was eminently fortunate in the selection 
of Dr. Butler to plant our India Mission. In saying so I speak the 
unanimous opinion of the British public so far as I could gather it. 

The Church was equally fortunate in the selection of a Super- 
intendent of China missions. Every thing moved like clockwork 
under the eye of Dr. Maclay. 

Both missions are well located, have good foundations of prop- 
erty and influence, and both are making rapid progress. The in- 
crease in India during the last year has been fifty per cent., the 
advance in China even more encouraging. Both should be rein- 
forced. Behold the vast population of China ; what are these 
few missionaries among so many? Our Indian mission field has 
fifteen millions of population, only fifteen appointments, and less 
than fifteen American missionaries. 

My route home was by Hong Kong, Singapore, Ceylon, and 
Alexandria. On the Red Sea I had a relapse. I expected to find 
a grave in its waters, but reached Suez alive, where the fresh 
breeze revived me. By sick man's car, in care of a nurse, armed 



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with brandy and laudanum, to Alexandria ; where, in the kind care 
of Mr. Watson, of the American mission, which has planted its 
stations nearly all the way from Alexandria to Thebes, I soon be- 
came able to sail for Constantinople by way of Smjjrna. 

From Smyrna, whose American mission seems not to have been 
very prosperous, we go to Ephesus, to gaze upon its ruins, into 
Avhich we enter behind a locomotive. Returning to Smyrna, we 
proceed to Constantinople, where we find Mr. Long busy translat- 
ing, and preaching, and teaching in his own hired house, and en- 
joying the confidence of all his fellow missionaries. In company 
with Mr. Long we go up the Danube to Tultcha, to visit Mr. 
Flocken, whom we found laboring hard with hopeful heart, though 
reaping little fruit of his toil. Now on through Vienna, Paris, 
London, home. 

One of the great troubles of the traveler at a critical period of his 
country's history is the fact that he cannot get the news. At 
Cawnpore I heard of the re-election of Lincoln ; at Calcutta, Foo- 
chow, Hong Kong, all is darkness concerning America. At Ceylon 
it is reported that Sherman is crazy, at Alexandria that he is de- 
feated and taken prisoner. A week afterward a ship brought 
news that he was still marching on ; at Constantinople light began 
to break ; at Galatz, news of the surrender of Lee ; at London, of 
the surrender of Johnson ; at New York, of the capture of Davis. 
It was enough; the country reunited, peace in all our borders. 
With jubilant feeling I stepped ashore singing in heart, " Praise 
God, from whom all blessings flow !" 



BISHOP THOMSON'S ADDRESS AT THE ORGANIZA- 
TION OF THE INDIA MISSION CONFERENCE. 

Beloved Brethren : — In the Book of Discipline of the Meth- 
odist Episcopal Church, page 276, there is a section which creates 
an Annual Conference in the Northwest Provinces of India, to be 
denominated " The India Mission Conference," which, with the 
concurrence of the presiding Bishop shall possess all the rights, 
powers, and privileges of other Annual Conferences, except that 
of sending delegates to the General Conference, of drawing its 
annual dividend from the avails of the Book Concern and Char- 
tered Fund, and of voting on Constitutional changes in the Dis- 
cipline." 

Some of the privileges withheld were probably deemed imprac- 
ticable, one unnecessary, while the veto of the presiding Bishop 
may have been thought both safe and useful. 

In considering these restrictions, you will not impute a bad 
motive while you can find a good one. Certain it is that your 
benefit, and not your embarrassment, was intended. 

The India mission cannot complain that it has not been favored, 



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or fear that it will not be hereafter, either by the General Confer- 
ence, so devoted to the missionary cause, the able Board by which 
our missions are directed, the Missionary Secretary, whose rare 
eloquence, great executive ability, and zeal in missionary work, so 
eminently fit him for his position, or his worthy associates. 

Of the India Mission Conference I recognize the following 
brethren as members, namely: William Butler, James Baume, 
Charles W. Judd, Edwin W. Parker, James W. Waugh, James 
M. Thoburn, Henry Jackson, Isaiah L. Hauser, James H. Mess- 
more, John T. Gracey, David W. Thomas, John D. Brown, Thomas 
J. Scott, Thomas S. Johnson, Henry Mansell, T. Stanley Stivers, 
and Samuel Knowles. 

Before we proceed to organize, I beg to submit a few remarks 
which our unusual circumstances suggest. 

I come from your native land bearing from your brethren, not 
a cargo of ice, but of love. The country and Church which sent 
you hither remember you. Identified as you are with the cause 
of God, in this great and populous peninsula, it is natural that we 
should bear you up in our prayers. Nor are we unmindful of your 
trials. It is no small matter to bid farewell to home and native 
land ; to settle in a climate which is pretty sure to disturb our 
health, if it do not abridge our life ; to rear our children under 
influences and institutions which we disapprove, and forfeit for 
them literary, social, and political privileges, to which in our own 
land they would have fallen heirs ; to move amid foes, and to be 
regarded as intruders. It is a still greater trial, far from a land 
of Sabbath bells, separated from the watch-care of the Church, 
and deprived of the communion of the saints, to be subjected, 
through every sense, to Pagan influences. He who moves amid 
the temples of idolatry moves in a great moral pest-house. 
Nothing but open, perpetual, prayerful resistance to the forces 
that play upon him can keep him safe. The human mind, un- 
sustained by grace, gravitates to religious error. The Mohammed- 
ans entered India enemies both to idolatry and caste, but instead 
of destroying them, they gradually adopted them. Christianity, 
too, on its first introduction into this land, compromised its prin- 
ciples.' Even the primitive Church, when she relaxed her war upon 
idolatry, became polluted by it. 

You do not, however, ask our sympathy. Penetrated with your 
high calling, you are ready to deny yourselves, endure afflictions, 
make full proof of your ministry, and through perils either by sea 
or land, by robbers or false brethren, remain unmoved; willing, 
if need be, to die for the Lord Jesus ; and when you do, to com- 
mend to your children the battle you fight, committing them con- 
fidently to the care of your Father and their Father, to whom you 
ascend through the grace of his Son. 

We know, indeed, that no lower standard is set before us. We, 
too, have learned to bear the reproach of Christ. But we discern 
that in you the Christian conflict is more than ordinarily severe, 
and we inquire, What more can we do for you? what new com- 



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forts, auxiliaries, and supports can we send you ? Engaged as we 
are, in a war for the national life against an unprovoked, wanton, 
and wicked rebellion — I say unprovoked, for no encroachments on 
the rights of the South was either inflicted or threatened; wanton — 
for the insurgents controlled all branches of the government when 
they rebelled, and might have held them to this day ; wicked — for 
what more so than to sever States 

" "Which mutual league, 
United thoughts and counsels, equal hope 
And hazard in all glorious enterprises " 

had joined, and plunge them inf,o war, even to the verge of ruin ? 
Yet we have never once thought of withholding support from our 
missions, or even slacking the combat which we carry on through 
the earth against the powers of darkness. Saying this, we say 
much ; for our war is one of awful magnitude ; counting its battles 
by the hundred, its dead and wounded by the million, and its ex- 
penditures by figures like those in which we compute the celestial 
spaces. Yet we say to you, Stand to your post ; we will not only 
supply but reinforce you. You cannot do our Church justice 
without considering that she has poured out more blood and suf- 
fered more losses for her country than any other. 

" Many a bleeding father hath borne his valiant sons 
In coffins from the field." 

The tears of orphans, and the sighs of widows, and the lamen- 
tations of weeping Rachels that will not be comforted, make the 
whole Church like a funeral procession. But I need not tell you, 
for the crape is upon you also. Do you ask why this expenditure 
of life ? Because there are things dearer than life. The Church 
regards the war, terrible as it is, as, on the part of the govern- 
ment, unavoidable and righteous ; arising out of the existence, in 
some of the States, of an institution incompatible alike with the 
genius of our republic, the spirit of our age, and the principles of 
our religion ; an institution toward which, in former days, she was 
tolerant and hopeful, but which she has now placed under une- 
quivocal ban. Seeing that law, liberty, and light are on one side 
of this conflict, and rebellion, slavery, and darkness on the other, 
we can but hope concerning the issue. Men, indeed, tell us that 
reunion is impossible, as if our adversary had 

"The unconquerable will, 
And study of revenge, immortal hate, 
And courage never to submit or yield." 

Such spirit is not found outside of hell ; least of all among 
those who bow at the altars of Jesus. 

" "While devil with devil damned, firm concord holds, 
Shall states of creatures rational, though under hope 
Of heavenly grace, forever disagree ?" 



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and while earth and heaven cry peace, 

"Yet live in hatred, enmity, and strife 
Among themselves, and levy cruel wars, 
Wasting the earth, each other to destroy ? " 

as if the Union had not foes enough, besides, 

" That day and night for its destruction wait." 

Should the war end as we anticipate, it will leave us a stronger 
government, a more homogeneous people, and a higher civilization, 
while it removes the only motive for disunion. 

Of the noble warriors that have fallen in the conflict on both 
sides, we say, Let loving fiends give them honorable graves ; but 
of slavery, as the poet says of Tamora, 

" No funeral rite, nor man in mournful weeds, 
No mournful bell shall ring her burial ; 
But throw her forth to beasts and birds of prey : 
Her life was beastlike and devoid of pity, 
And being so, shall have like want of pity." 

Then shall our land be the hope and refuge equally of every 
tribe, kindred, tongue, and color. At such a consummation men 
might utter praise, and angels halleluiahs ! None more so than 
missionaries ! When we come proclaiming the fatherhood of God 
and the brotherhood of man, and those two precepts founded on 
them, upon which hang both the law and the prophets, the heathen 
might say, " Go back, preach them to your own people first." A 
native newspaper has just admonished us not to boast of the results 
of Christianity since American Christianity sanctions slavery. The 
United States, planted between the Atlantic and the Pacific, as if 
to throw her influence over both ; given to the best races, unequaled 
in the products of her soil and treasures of her mountains, unem- 
barrassed by the political complications and institutions of the old 
world, and free from temptation to conquer the distant lands, 
seems intended to be the great missionary nation. Is it no ad- 
vantage to say, " We own no provinces, we desire none ? We 
exercise no authority over you, and seek no gain of you. All we 
seek is to bring you to Christ." 

Our difficulties in spreading the Gospel in this land are great, 
yet in all of them we find grounds of encouragement. One of the 
greatest difficulties arises from a deep conviction in the minds of 
the natives that strangers, in propagating their religion, have some 
selfish end in view. While our national relations relieve us in 
great measure from this imputation, it is hoped that our neat 
though inexpensive homes, our healthful but frugal tables, our kind 
consideration of the poor, and our whole life and conversation, 
will convince the natives that not personcd interest, but the love 
of Christ, constraineth us. Indeed, if this be in us, it will be known, 
for the world is a " palace full of tongues and eyes and ears," each 
thrilling with deep and scrutinizing intelligence. 



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Another difficulty lies in the fact that Christians who preceded 
us have depreciated their religion. An emperor of Japan, on being 
asked what was the religion of the Dutch, replied, " They are 
merchants ;" and when the question was asked again, answered, 
"Merchants; merchants have no religion but to make money." 
And what of the English? It is not the whole truth to say, as 
Lord Bentinck did, that the fundamental maxim of British rule is, 
strict neutrality ; or, as Lord Macaulay, " We abstain from giving 
any encouragement to those engaged in the work of converting 
the natives to Christianity ;" or, as Lord Ellenborough, " We 
withhold the aid of the government from schools with which mis- 
sionaries are connected." The East India Company withheld 
private aid. Lord Lansdown declared that if Lord Canning had 
subscribed to a missionai'y society he ought to be removed. They 
neglected religion themselves. For fifty years they had no place 
of worship. For two hundred years they sought to prevent at- 
tempts to convert the natives. Down to 1813 they refused all 
missionaries passage in their ships, denied them permission to land, 
and if they effected a landing, drove them from their shores. In 
1814 they debarred native Christians from offices of respectability. 
Nor was this negative support of idolatry all. They repaired pa- 
godas by taxing pilgrims, expended large sums at the request of 
priests for the support of heathen and Mohammedan worship, 
administered revenues in connection with pagan temples, and even 
took a share in heathen festivals. 

The Company, we grant, advanced the intelligence, developed 
the resources, and diminished the crime of the country; and after 
it allowed the Christian faith to enlighten the native mind, it drew 
a distinction between morality and religion, and forbade the 
destruction of human life in heathen ceremonies, as under other 
circumstances ; but its whole course was characterized by a proud 
bearing, an insatiable avarice, and an all-devouring encroachment. 
The personal influence of the English rulers did not counteract 
their political course. While they did not practice polygamy, 
many of them did worse. The natives, therefore, thought either 
that we despised our own religion, or that, concealing our designs, 
we intended to convert them to it by a trick, such as greasing car- 
tridges : a thought which never could have entered their minds 

7 , 

had they understood our faith. Rebellion, instead of conversion, 
was the natural result. 

In suppressing it martial law was proclaimed, the property of 
rebels confiscated, searches and seizures made without warrant, 
suspected persons hung, and sepoys blown from guns. We do 
not say this was unnecessary, though we may be allowed a paren- 
thesis in which to remark that the people who put down an in- 
surrection in this way should not reproach another for seeking to 
put down a more formidable revolt by means less severe ; and to 
add, what is more to our purpose, that this bloody process had a 
temporary tendency to hinder the spread among the conquered of 
the religion of the conquerors. Horrible as it was, however, it 



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was hardly to be deplored, since it seems to have settled the ques- 
tion of the permanence of European civilization and Christian faith 
in this peninsula, and to have placed the country under the direct 
government of a Christian sovereign of distinguished virtues, 
whose present viceroy and subordinate governors are worthy rep- 
resentatives of such a Queen. Our Articles of Religion require 
us not only to be subject to the supreme civil authority, but to use 
all laudable means to secure obedience to the powers that be. 
Happy are we that our civil duty is our personal pleasure. Under 
the flag whose protection we accept we may see every interest of 
the country, political, commercial, and religious, steadily and rap- 
idly advancing, and the fabled reign of Tisso realized : precious 
metals and gems buried in the earth rising to the surface, treasures 
sunk in the sea appearing on the shore, and bamboos rearing 
themselves laden with richest flowers, quadrupeds, and fruits. 
The providence of God moves in 

Mazes intricate, 
Eccentric, intervolved, yet regular, 
Then most, when most irregular they seem ; 
And in their motions harmony divine 
So smoothes her charming tones, that God's own ear 
Listens delighted ; 

while even the wrath of man praises him. 

Formerly Indian patriotism may have suggested the expulsion 
of the Christian faith, now it suggests its adoption; for so soon as 
India shall accept the religion of Christ and the civilization which 
grows out of it, England will voluntarily retire from her shores. 
Should she do so before, she would commit a great crime, and 
India suffer a great misfortune. 

But greater difficulties confront us. Caste stereotypes human- 
ity, and bids defiance to any force to break up its plates. It 
makes him who becomes a Christian an outcast; it deprives him 
of the advantages of association, of the profits of business, of all 
the sweet charities of father, son, brother, and often even of wife 
and child ; it drives him from men to dwell among beasts ; it 
enters not only into the social but the national life ; it cannot be 
defied without a ripeness for martyrdom. None can appreciate it 
but such as come in contact with it. Originating with the priest- 
hood, and designed to perpetuate their power, it is guarded by 
them with a sleepless eye ; yet it is nevertheless doomed. There 
is a revolution which it cannot resist — a revolution without pomp 
or retinue or violence or corrupting gold — it is the revolution of 
ideas. Every movement of the pen over the paper, or the electric 
stream over the wires, or of the school-house door upon its hinges, 
or of the fire-breathing horse over his iron track, marks its prog- 
ress. Caste is inconsistent with principles which are self-evident 
and rights which are inalienable. All men are naturally free and 
equal, and ought to be allowed life, liberty, and the pursuit of 
happiness, unembarrassed by hinderances which the providence of 



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God does not impose, and unaided by distinctions which merit or 
its consequences do not confer. 

Below caste lie greater difficulties — superstition, bigotry, idolatry. 
Among minds unaccustomed to patient and vigorous thought, 
events which are merely connected by accidental association are 
often viewed in the relation of cause and effect. Hence, unlucky 
days, absurd remedies for disease, and omens of good and evil. 
Among those unacquainted with natural sciences, and unguided by 
a divine revelation, nothing is more easy than to attribute unusual 
events to supernatural powers. From this, it is a slight step to 
body forth and name these images of the mind, and thus people 
heaven and earth with supernal and infernal divinities. Then 
we must pour forth our gratitude to the one and a}3pease the ma- 
lignity of the other. Hence, oblations and sacrifices. These re- 
quire a priesthood ; and a profane priesthood, once created, will 
secure its permanence and enlarge its power by keeping the people 
in ignorance. Even could we suppose men enlightened without 
revelation, the same result might be expected. The human heart 
is made to reverence something. It is to the credit of India that 
she reasoned herself up to the most sublime theology, and to her 
shame that she reasoned herself down to the lowest depths of 
idolatry. She said, Let us worship Brama — the greatest. Where 
shall we find it ? Not in the stream that fertilizes the land, nor 
in the sun which warms it, for the parts are not so great as tbo 
whole. Shall it then be the universe? But what were the uni- 
verse without eyes to see its beauty, ears to catch its harmony, 
and hearts to enjoy its bounty ? Spirit is greater than matter. 
Let it then be greatest. But what spirit 1 The spirit of man is 
greater than that of beasts. Shall man then worship his own 
spirit? If so, in what mood? for it has various moods. The 
spirit awake is impressed and modified by material objects. The 
spirit dreaming, which sees only spiritual objects, must be greater 
than the spirit waking. But this is moved to laughter or to 
weeping, and is, after all, conscious of the unreal nature of its 
scenes. Is not the spirit in repose, unagitated by passion or 
motion, greater than either the waking or dreaming one ? But 
this is an unconscious state ; there must be something greater. 
The spirit which created it and all other things, is the spirit of the 
universe. But this is infinite, invisible, intangible, and therefore 
cannot be comprehended. But his functions can. Creation, preser- 
vation, destruction — hence Brama, Vishnu, Shiva. But these are ab- 
stractions. The masses said to the philosophers, We cannot love 
what we cannot understand, and we will not worship what we 
cannot love. We will have gods nearer and warmer. In looking- 
for a god they found a man. Kama had extraordinary virtues. 
They said, " Here is one greater than human, he must be a god." 
When he dies he is transported to the heavens. In process of time 
it is found easy among a credulous people, without contemporaneous 
literature or knowledge of laws of evidence, to enlarge his powers 
and exaggerate his virtues by myths. One god having been intro- 



A, III.] Address of Bishop Tfiomson. 401 

duced into the Pantheon, others follow. Moreover, if that which 
brings deliverance or pleasure is to be deified, then the stream 
which waters and the sun which enlightens the land, and the rock 
which throws its shadow over the weary path, may be worshiped ; 
that which affords the greatest pleasure with the least trouble may 
be worshiped most. Thus gods are multiplied until they number 
three hundred and thirty-three millions. The character ascribed 
to them, and the devotions devised for them, coming from the 
human heart, where lurk evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, etc., 
must be corrupting and degrading. ~No wonder that at length 
thieves, and drunkards, and adulterers, and beasts, become gods, 
and riot and lasciviousness crown the ceremonies of the sanctuary. 
When men come to model heaven, 

" How they wield 
The mighty frame, how build, unbuild, contrive, 
To save appearances ; how gird the sphere 
With centric and eccentric scribbled o'er ; 
Cycle and epicycle, orb in orb : " 

yet every progress of thought " making confusion worse con- 
founded." Indian idolatry has touched bottom. As I stood in the 
holy city, Benares, every sense disgusted, and every feeling 
merged in indignation, contemplating the stupidity, the odiousness, 
the obscenity, the discord, the beastliness of that center of Pagan 
worship, I thought surely it can get no lower without opening 
the mouth of hell. I exclaimed within myself, "Almighty God"! 
to what depths of darkness and depravity are thy rational creatures 
capable of descending when they turn away from the revelation 
of love and mercy." As I looked upon a fakeer seated by the 
Ganges, naked, haggard, worn to a skeleton, and covered with 
ashes, I thought I knew what it is to be damned. 

The human mind having reached its limit of false theology must 
recoil. Hindooism is like a building whose walls are honey-combed, 
and whose rafters are tunneled by ants. How a system so mon- 
strous has stood so long, we can easily comprehend. The power 
of the priesthood has been cemented for ages ; the religion is in- 
woven with the national life and social habits of the people. The 
distinctions transmitted through ages, the festivals to which the 
people are used, the arts and manufactures, the literature and 
science in which they excel, the laws and courts which kindle their 
bosoms with a patriot's flame — all, it is feared, must fall with the 
national faith. Moreover, all religion has a foundation in truth, 
namely, that the universe is under the guidance of supernatural 
powers. And the more venerable the truth, the more permanent 
the error grafted upon it. The god that is first associated with 
our sacred thoughts, to which we lift up infant hands, and which 
we bless with lips fresh from a mother's breast, cannot be easily 
displaced from the heart. We know how superstition lingers even 
in Christian lands and philosophic minds. Yet even this should 
not discourage us, but rather teach us the proper modes of assault. 

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Harmless as cloves, let us be wise as serpents. In pouring con- 
tempt upon the Puranas, and exposing the institutes of Menu, we 
may point Hindoos to their more venerable and pure theology. 
The Vedas afford us a stand-point. The nation that was among 
the earliest to syllogize and geometrize, and to reason up to sub- 
limest heights of metaphysics, can be shamed out of that idolatry 
which so degrades and stupefies man, and misrepresents and 
abuses and slanders God ; substituting blocks and beasts for Him 
who makes the clouds his chariot, the thunder his voice, the earth 
his footstool, and the heaven his throne. 

Then there are traditions which we may press into our service. 
The incarnation is admitted by Hindoos ; we have only to identify 
Christ with it. I envy the brother to be stationed at Sambhal. 
Beneath that temple, guarded and venerated as the cradle of an 
incarnate God, who is to come as a Saviour of mankind, I would 
preach as Paul did at the altar of the unknown God. I envy, too, 
those who preach to intelligent Mohammedans, the privilege of 
quoting the testimony of the Koran to the Law, the Prophets, 
and the Evangel. We must teach the natural sciences, and show 
how the universe is governed by fixed laws, devised by an 
infinite and eternal Mind, who, nevertheless, answers prayer 
according to his promise, not, perhaps, by altering physical laws, 
but by adjustments of humanity to them, through the higher laws 
of the spiritual world. Thus men will learn to dread only sin, 
and seek relief only in prayer to our heavenly Father through 
Jesus Christ his son. We must teach the young, both because of 
the ease with which impressions are made upon their minds, and 
because of the durability of such impressions, which are inwoven 
with the very texture of the soul. If you would write your 
words in a book, if you would cut them on the lead Avith stylus of 
iron ; if you would drive them with chisel and mallet into the rock ; 
if you would send them clown the ages, and centuries, and millen- 
niums, aye, into eternity, write upon the young soul. The knowl- 
edge of later years seems to crumble off in the storms of time, 
leaving the impressions of the sweet period of prime. How often 
do we see the Ceylonese or Hindu convert relapse in age or sickness. 
According to Lucian, the name of Ptolemy was inscribed on the 
Pharos^ that proud monument of Alexandria. But the artist, to 
secure the glory of the work, cut his own name in the stone, and 
the monarch's in the stucco that covered it ; so that in process of 
time, the stucco falling, revealed the record of the architect. 
In teaching youth, beware whom you employ. Remember the 
power of a master, ipse dixit. I have no faith in heathen 
teachers. The Brahmin teaching the Bible, is the Greek bearing- 
gifts to Troy. You could teach the Koran so that no pupil 
would believe it. In estimating your work, men may count 
your one hundred and sixty-four converts. Look rather to your 
thirteen hundred and twenty-two scholars. A few years will re- 
duce the former to zero, but multiply the latter by five. Espe- 
cially may we regard with hope the education of females. Inferior, 



A, III.] Address of Bishop Thomson. 403 

ignorant as the Hindu mother may be, her influence is well-nigh 
irresistible. She need but breathe her faith upon her little one.-, 
and though her lord may instruct, and argue, and confound, she 
knows, alas too well! how to intermix grateful digressions, 

" And solve high dispute 
With conjugal caresses." 

From her lips flow sweeter things than words. Even British 
officers have painted themselves aud danced to idols to please 
woman less than wife. Satan needed not to trouble himself about 
Adam after he had captured Eve. Nor will India be retaken from 
him until we imitate his tactics, and attack it at that side which, 
though strongest for our defense, is weakest to our assault : for 
woman is oppressed and depressed by idolatry. If she lost Para- 
dise by her desire of knowledge, may she not be induced to regain 
it by tasting the same inviting fruit ? 

Our greatest difficulty arises from the opposition of our enemies, 
and our apparent want of success. Temples are multiplying, 
priests are active, emissaries of error are abroad, tracts are distrib- 
uted from Benares ; the abominations of the temple are explained 
to intelligent natives as symbolical ; dying Pagans make continued 
faith in Paganism, on the part of their legatees, a condition of 
their bequests. But all this indicates a fear that their religion is 
in danger. 

And have we no success ? Is it nothing that old Pagan civiliza- 
tions are crumbling ? that religions originating centuries before the 
Christian are giving way at its advance? that people who boasted 
letters and arts and arms when our ancestors were painted savages, 
pursued in British woods or sold in Roman markets, are obedient to 
a Christian sovereign ? that heathenism is every-where hedged 
about by civil law ? that Juggernaut is deprived of his prey, and 
the widow saved from the funeral flames? that the sharks of the 
Ganges are suffering a famine of living human flesh, the priests 
often confessing that they minister only for their stomachs' sake ? 
the Pundits declaring that there is nothing in the idol ? that the 
whole population of the peninsula is accessible to Christian teach- 
ing ? that pice will purge a man for contempt of caste ? that mis- 
sions are established in all the cities of the land, and school-houses 
planted in the hills and the valleys ? that we have had an increase 
of forty-four thousand converts in the last disturbed decade ? that 
sluggish mind is awaked from its sleep of ages ? that Naamans, 
while they bow in the house of Kimmon, say in their hearts, '• The 
Lord pardon thy servant in this thing ? " that Mohammedan and 
Pagan Nicodemuses come to Christian teachers by night ? that 
the pulpit, like the Master, is constrained to cry out, "Were there 
not ten cleansed, but where are the nine ? " 

Earth's birthday was when God said, "Let there be light; 1 ' 
though this light was diffused, penetrating the void, chasing the 
darkness, warming, preparing. It was not until the fourth day, 
after an earthly and heavenly convulsion, that God gathered the 



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beams to their chambers in the sun, and showed the earth where 
her breast was warmed, the moon where her horns were filled 
with light, and day and night how their clocks were set. Soon 
may God collect the scattered beams, and make great lights in 
the moral firmament of India ! 

Suppose we had no success. Hath not God commanded^ and 
shall not we obey ? Has he promised immediate and invariable 
success ? Christ divides the seed sown into four portions, only 
one of which brings forth abundant fruit. What if some of our 
seed fall by the way-side, or on the stones, or among the thorns ? 
Did the betrayal of Judas silence the apostles, or the denial of 
Peter ruin their cause ? How many converts had Noah, though 
he preached righteousness by the century ? And what shall we say 
of the prophets, of whom the world was not worthy ? And what of 
the Son of man, who closed his labors crying, " O Jerusalem, how 
often would I have gathered thee as a hen gathereth her chickens 
under her wings, but ye would not!" and who, instead of blessing 
those only who succeed, said, " Blessed are they which are perse- 
cuted for righteousness ? " 

Suppose we had no reward, would we not preach? Can we 
see man debased, self-corrupted, self-mutilated, self-imbruited, 
self-damned, and not speak? Though no man hear, and no man 
pity, you must plead, though you .tell your truth and sorrow to 
the stones. But this is not your case. India's sons are not stran- 
gers to thought nor to feeling. Beneath their caps they carry 
fertile brains, and under their ribs human hearts. Hypocritical, 
false, ungrateful, from the oppression of ages, they may be ; but 
in their breasts is gentleness, and patience, and love, while religion 
enters largely into their national life. They have characteristics 
which, if sanctified, would enable them to enjoy the plerophory of 
grace. Europe is too proud, America too worldly, and both too 
materialistic. India brought to Jesus, may lie, like John, in the 
Muster's bosom. Is not Indian mind, too, peculiarly adapted to 
our form of faith ? It needs something to arouse it from its fa- 
talism ; to teach it the immutability of moral distinctions, the 
moral quality of intention, and to inspire it with a sense of human 
responsibility. It is adapted also to our type of piety — the emo- 
tional, the hopeful. It demands, too, our form of propagandism ; 
we employ lay agency ; we teach men to preach Christ crucified, 
so soon as the divine coals burn within them. We have a system 
of itinerancy just fitted to set fire to these plains. If India is 
brought to God, it must be chiefly through the agency of her 
own sons ; and the sooner we take converted and called helpers 
to our confidence, and commission them for our service, the better. 
God forbid that we should hold them at arm's length. We have 
trusted such men in other hemispheres, we may in this. Train 
them, teach them, guide them, but send, them forth. They will 
build churches over their heads, and map out self-sustainiug 
circuits over these provinces. 

The theism which is spreading here, and which inspires many 



A, III.] Address of Bishop Thomson. 405 

good men with dread, but others, more wise, with encouragement, 
illustrates the national character. Unlike that of Europe, it pours 
itself out, not in satire, and blasphemy, and spleen, but in prayers 
and pceans. It develops itself, not in moral anarchy, but in church 
order. 

We need not lower our standard for the sake of success. We 
sometimes envy Catholics their triumphs. It is their boast that Ro- 
manism took South America, and the aborigines became Christian ; 
while Protestantism took North America, and the natives remain 
Pagan ; that Romanism took Mexico, and it became religious ; 
Protestantism took India, and it remains heathen or infidel. More- 
over, that since Romanism entered India, she has planted twenty 
vicariates and counted nearly a million converts. But what is the 
Christianity which she gives ? We know many of her sons, and 
would be unjust to none. While she elevates man above Paganism 
and Mohammedanism, we must note that her monachism, holy 
water, baptismal regeneration, purgatory, pantheon, penance, 
priestly absolution, visible sacrifices, and gorgeous ceremonial, all 
tend to bring down Christianity to Paganism. My brethren, come 
not into her secret. When you report a convert, let it be one in 
whom faith works by love to purify the heart. We can wait till, 
by the fire of such walking evangels, others shall light their lamps 
and set India ablaze. 

Finally, brethren, be of one mind ; live in peace ; correspond 
with each other; bear with each other ; love and help each other, 
and grapple to you the Church at home as with hooks, not merely 
of silver, but of love. 

The controversies and divisions of Jhe Church have greatly hin- 
dered the spread of truth. When every man hath his psalm, his 
interpretation, his doctrine, the heathen is confused. One cried 
" You must have as many Chris ts in America as there are gods in 
China." Let our peace and unity be manifest. We are happily 
situated. We occupy a field almost alone. We are within easy 
reach of each other, and we preach in a common language. Com- 
pare with ours the Presbyterian missions, stretched along a line of 
a thousand miles, among a people speaking at different points five 
different lano-ua^es, while missions of other Churches intervene. 
The choice of the field and the organization of the missions reflect 
the highest credit on him whom the Church selected to lav her 
foundations in this laud, and whom she Avill not fail to honor ; and 
the prosperity of the missions indicates both the energy of the ad- 
ministration, and the industry and faithfulness and ability of those 
who have worked the field. 

And now Methodism is to organize her first Mission Conference 
on the soil of India — the continent on which paradise bloomed, the 
ark rested, the law thundered, and the cross warmed with atoning 
blood ; the land of prophets and apostles, of martyrs and mys- 
teries, of the arts of man and the revelations of God. We bring 
back to her a Bible all whose pages were written on her soil, and 
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the road side without a commentator. We bring to her a religion 
whose first and fullest enjoyments were felt in the hearts of her 
noblest sons. 

The location of our Conference is worthy of remark. We meet 
beneath earth's loftiest mountains. If the Lord's house were estab- 
lished in the top of the mountains, we should be under the drop- 
pings of its sanctuary. I stood upon the top of Chenah, and looked 
over a field of mountains, their bosoms encompassed by the fir, 
the pine, the cedar, and the sal, but their heads cold and bare 
granite, embraced by a semicircle of the snowy range whose peaks 
rise from 23,000 to 25,000 feet high, covered with eternal snow, 
on which the foot of man never trod, and never will tread. I 
walked a few paces and looked down upon the plain of the Ganges, 
stretching out like an immense ocean fringed with seaweed, but 
with no sign of life. And yet I knew that in the mountains on the 
one side there beat six hundred thousand human hearts, and in the 
plains on the other fifty millions ; and I said, " These all belong to 
Christ." The voice of the prophet came over me — " The idols 
shall he utterly abolish;" and the voice of the Father — "Ask of 
me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the 
uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession;" and that other 
voice — "A nation shall be born in a clay" — a prophecy to be real- 
ized in the crystallized civilizations of the East. We have had the 
planting, and it has been long ; the harvest may come soon. There 
is a plant which it requires a century to mature, but it blossoms 
in a day. God has great and precious promises that have not yet 
been fulfilled. "He will arise to shake terribly the earth." Al- 
ready I hear the precursors of the coming storm, and see the idols 
swept before the flood, and the whole land rising as by a divine 
force into light and love. 

Now unto Him that is able to keep us from falling, and to pre- 
sent us faultless before His presence with exceeding joy, be all 
honor, might, majesty, and dominion, now, henceforth and for- 
ever. Amen. 



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ADDRESSES AND REPLIES. 

B, I.— Journal, pages 156, 157. 
ADDRESS OF THE BRITISH CONFERENCE OF 1865. 

TO THE NEXT GENERAL CONFERENCE OF THE METHODIST EPIS- 
COPAL Church of America. 

Reverend and very dear Brethren : Grateful as it is at all 
times to address you, and to renew the pledges of our fraternal 
affection, we cannot but feel a peculiar pleasure on the present 
occasion, when we are especially called to rejoice in your joy, and 



B, I.] Address of the British Conference. 407 

to congratulate you on the wonderful interposition of God's good 
providence in behalf of your country and yourselves. From the 
ravages and wastes of war, under which the United States have so 
severely suffered, you are now delivered by the return of peace. 
Our sympathies were with you in all that you endured, and they 
are now with you in the blessings which you are again permitted 
to share. May the God of peace sanctify the gift which he has 
thus restored to you, and cause the several parts of your favored 
land to flourish in renovated prosperity, while new facilities are 
supplied to yourselves for the prosecution of your holy Christian 
enterprises. 

Be assured that we warmly and fully enter into your sentiments 
of gratitude to Almighty God for the attainment of an object 
which you have sought with patient constancy amid difficulties 
and discouragements of no common kind, and in which you have 
always had our sincere concurrence — the abolition of slavery. 
Marvelously has this great work been wrought, and by agencies 
which man's sagacity could not have foreseen. But God 
reigns in the whirlwind and the storm. His path is in the deep 
waters. 

NeAV obligations rest on youj' dear brethren, in consequence of 
this changed state of things, nor can we for a moment doubt that 
you will gladly avail yourselves of the opportunities so largely 
placed within your reach to promote the spiritual and moral im- 
provement of the colored race, millions of whom, held so long in 
slavery, are now made free. Our hope is that from these, claim- 
ants beyond ordinary measure on our best Christian charities, you 
will gather many who will be your "joy and crown of rejoicing in 
the day of the Lord Jesus." 

To us, as to yourselves, it is matter of thankful surprise that, in 
the midst of events which for four years have disturbed the several 
classes of society, and caused a diminution of your numbers, you 
have been strengthened to pursue your course with unfaltering 
zeal and diligence ; that, in spite of circumstances the most ad- 
verse, you have maintained your pecuniary liberalities in support 
of religious and charitable claims, and have multiplied churches 
and seminaries of learning, providing in these, as in other ways, 
for the further extension of the work Avhich God has confided to 
your care; and that you have continued to enlarge your mission- 
ary operations until, in compass and degree, they have passed far 
beyond all former parallel. In your present improved position, 
and by richer visitations of God's Holy Spirit, without whose 
grace we feel, with yourselves, that all plans and efforts are 
vain, we trust that you will soon see yet better days — above all 
in the spread of that living and practical Christianity to w r hich 
you and we are solemnly pledged to devote our most wakeful 
energies. 

Prospects open before you which invite you onward, and yet 
onward, in the service of your Lord and ours — prospects in your 
own country, with its great extent, its growing population, and its 



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extraordinary capabilities ; and prospects, also, in the several for- 
eign stations, nearer and more remote, which your agents have al- 
ready so successfully occupied. The field exj)ands itself before 
you ; and, under your diligent culture, it will, as we earnestly an- 
ticipate, yield a plentiful harvest for the heavenly garner. We 
cannot but regard it as a source of peculiar satisfaction that the 
pure doctrines which have been transmitted to us by our fathers, 
accompanied by the godly ecclesiastical discipline to which we 
are mutually pledged, are so widely diffused by your instrumen- 
tality. And may "the Lord God of our fathers make you a 
thousand times so many more as ye are, and bless you as he hath 
promised you ! " 

It is with a devout acknowledgement of God's mercy to our- 
selves that we can report the peace which we enjoy in these our 
borders, and the manifold helps which are afforded us for carrying 
out our Christian schemes and purposes. 

But we lament that the increase to the members of our Society 
is comparatively small ; and we are also sensible of the need we 
have that the spiritual work in many of our societies should be 
deepened and matured. What we want — and what all other 
Churches want — is a more plentiful effusion of grace from the 
Holy Spirit, in whom we believe as " the Lord and Giver of life." 
For this we would unite in fervent and faithful prayer, patiently 
awaiting the time when "showers of blessings" shall descend on 
every portion of the Lord's heritage committed to our charge. 
And may the same precious donative be conferred on all the 
Church, and the " whole world of mankind," ushering in the day 
which we long to see, when all nations shall become subject to the 
sway of Christ. 

Your excellent and honored representative, the Rev. Bishop 
Janes, has been welcomed among us with the highest regard for 
your sake and for his own. He has passed in and out with us, a 
brother beloved ; his discourses and addresses have made a deep 
and powerful impression ; and his truly Christian tone of feeling 
has won for him the affection and esteem of all who have had the 
advantage of intercourse with him. He carries with him our best 
wishes and prayers, intermingled with most happy memories. It 
would have been gratifying to hail the Rev. Dr. Bowman also ; 
and we regret that he has been prevented by family affliction from 
associating himself with us. 

Mournful emotions arise on your reference to our late lamented 
President, the Rev. William L. Thornton, A.M., who had so much 
hallowed delight in his visit to you as our representative. At the 
time when he held the most exalted post among us, and when he 
was in the midst of important and valued services, it pleased God, 
by a sudden and unexpected summons, to call him to himself. 

But the work of his day is done ; he is at rest, honored, we 
doubt not, in the presence of the Lord. 

We sincerely desire to cultivate a close brotherly fellowship 
with you by a regular interchange of representatives and letters, 



B, I.] Address of the British Conference. 409 

and ask for you and ourselves that blessing which the Lord hath 
commanded on his Zion, " even life for evermore." 
Signed on behalf and by order of the Conference, 

W. Shaw, President. 
John Faeeae, Secretary. 
Birmingham, Eng., August 11, 1865. 



B, II.— Journal, page 156. 

LETTER ACCREDITING THE REV. WILLIAM MORLEY PUNSHON, 
A.M., AS DELEGATE FROM THE BRITISH CONFERENCE. 

To the Geneeal Coneeeence of the Methodist Episcopal 
Chuech op Ameeica. 

Rev. and veey deae Beetheen : By a cordial and unanimous 
vote of our late Conference, held in Bristol in August last, the Rev. 
William Morley Punshon, M.A., was appointed the Representative 
of our Conference to your venerable assembly. He is the bearer 
of this letter of introduction, and will also present to you the 
Address of the British Conference of 1865 to your General Con- 
ference. 

We need not ask your reception of him on his own behalf. He 
is a brother dearly beloved by us, an honored and eloquent minister 
of the Lord Jesus Christ, whose praise is in all our Churches. 
We feel assured you will accord to him your hearty welcome as 
our messenger, deputed to convey to you our warmest fraternal 
greetings. 

We greatly rejoice to receive, from time to time, intelligence 
of your prosperity, of the fields of usefulness opening to your 
zealous enterprise, and of the showers of blessing descending from 
on high, both on you and your labors. While we sympathize 
with you in your toils and difficulties, we joy and rejoice with 
you all. 

The presence of our Representative among you renders unneces- 
sary any statement from us as to our work. He is well acquainted 
with our various institutions, and has our entire confidence. 

We earnestly commend to the Great Head of the Church both 
you and your important work. 

We are, very dear brethren, yours most affectionately, 

J. Bedfoed, President. 
John Faeeae, Secretary. 

Manchestee, March 6, 1868. 



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B. III. — Journal, page 157. 
ADDRESS OF THE REV. WILLIAM MORLEY PUNSHON, A.M. 

Bishop Janes, Rev. Fathers and Brethren : I must cast my- 
self upon your indulgence to-day while I endeavor to discharge what 
is at once a very pleasant and a very difficult duty. My duty is 
pleasant, because nothing can be more congenial to my feelings than 
to be permitted, in the name of the British Wesleyan Conference, to 
see how you fare, to take your pledge, and to convey to you our coi 1 - 
dial and unfeigned assurance of respect, admiration, and love. We 
read the record of your labors and of your successes with grat- 
itude and wonder. We dwell upon your widely extended influence 
with a satisfaction which we cannot adequately express in words, as 
we think of your sixty-eight Conferences, your eight thousand godly 
and earnest Gospel heralds, and your million of Church members, 
representing, I suppose, at least four millions of the population, 
under your direct religious training. We glorify God in you. 

We feel no jealousy that you have outstripped ourselves. 
Anxious only, Ave trust, for the glory of Christ and for the good 
of souls, our joy in God's blessing upon your toil is pure as that 
of angels who look down without envy while ransomed men are 
lifted into a heritage that is brighter than theirs. The Lord God 
of peace grant you peace always, and by all means ! the Lord God 
of our fathers make you a thousandfold more than you are, and 
bless you as he hath promised! The difficulty of my duty to-day 
arises from my apprehension of its importance, and of my own 
inability to rise to the height of its requirements. I pray you to 
believe that while I do not yield in heartiness of feeling to any of 
those who have sent me, the feelings of these brotherly greet- 
ings must not be measured by my imperfect expression of them. 
Whatever is clear and strong in the words that I may be enabled 
to say to you, is the voice of the British Conference ; whatever 
is stammering and unworthy, is my own. My sense of diffi- 
culty — ordinarily sufficiently, keen — is intensified to-day, be- 
cause of the memories which almost weigh me down. I think 
of honored men in whose footsteps I am called to tread. I cannot 
forget that since your last General Conference two of those whom 
on former occasions have worthily represented us have passed to 
their abiding home. In the midst of some of the elders among you 
I am persuaded that the memory of dear Dr. Hannah is fragrant 
and undying. And you are reminded of his genius, of his spirit, 
and of his ripe theological learning ; of the charity which had its 
home in its heart ; of his simple, open face ; and the pathos and 
power of his pulpit addresses ; and of that odor of sanctity which 
was expressed in every action of his life — all these told even the 
thoughtless of the blessedness of a walk with God. You will 
not wonder at the affectionate veneration with which we are ac- 
customed to enshrine in our hearts the memory of that saintly man. 



B, III.] Address of Rev. W. M. Punshon, A.M. 411 

And yet more fresh and vivid in the memory of most of you 
■will be one who, four years ago, was the eloquent expositor of 
British Wesleyan Methodism ; who, in your fair city of Philadel- 
phia, glowed with his abounding love toward the brethren, and, 
like Elijah, was taken from us, and to whom such touching and 
proper reference was made in the address that has been read. We 
were not prepared for dear Mr. Thornton's departure. He had just- 
returned from his visit to your shores, with enlarged experience 
and with a warmer love, which spring from closer knowledge. We 
were anticipating for him wider fields and holier triumphs, when 
suddenly the Master spake, and he was not ; and we were left in 
our sorrow to cry, as we tracked his flight, " My Father, the 
chariots of Israel and the horsemen thereof." Thank God ! these 
prophets of ours have flung their mantles down, and it remains 
for us who, because of their loss, are perhaps prematurely forced 
into the van, to robe ourselves in the garments of the holy dead, 
and, like them, to wield power from on high. 

You will forgive, I am sure, these brief utterances from a full 
heart. I know your time is precious, and I will not unduly tres- 
pass upon it. I will endeavor briefly to make you acquainted with 
our feeling and with our work. During the progress of the last 
General Conference we had begun to celebrate the Jubilee of our 
Missionary Society. We had a limited area to work upon — limited, 
I mean, in comparison with the vastness which bewilders one's 
senses here — with schemes of chapel building and of extension which 
might well be called gigantic. There was a noble response, upward 
of a million of dollars being laid cheerfully upon the missionary altar. 

We have reason to be very thankful for the progress of our 
efforts in this cause. The reflex influence of our missionary enter- 
prise is a mighty one. In times of unhallowed speculation, when 
the foundations were put in peril, we have gone to our missions to 
attest our theology ; in times of rebuke and blasphemy, when our 
honored religion was treated as a dream, we have gone to our 
missions to attest our experience. The zeal and faith of the home 
Churches has been quickened by the tidings which have reached 
from afar. On that field where the subtlest attack of the century 
has been made upon our historic Christianity, even in the diocese 
of the Bishop of Natal, God has blessed us with one of the most 
wonderful and refreshing of revivals of modern times. 

Here also we are continually reminded of the lapse of time and 
the work of the great Destroyer. Two of the earliest missionaries, 
to whose labors Bishop Thomson made such eloquent reference the 
other day, in the island of Ceylon, have, since I left England, been 
called to their reward. The venerable Father Squance, the last 
survivor of the band who went with Dr. Coke for the establish- 
ment of a mission in India, and another of our brothers, perhaps 
the ripest of oriental scholars, the gentle, unassuming Robert Spenoe 
Hardy, both names fragrant as ointment poured forth in that 
fragrant land to which Bishop Thomson referred. But though the 
workmen die the work lives. 



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Never was the Missionary Society stronger — stronger in mate- 
rial strength — stronger in rich opportunities, in the best affections 
of our people, and in its hold upon their mighty prayers, than it is 
at this hour. How it must rejoice the founders of this enterprise, 
if they are permitted to look down from their haven of rest and 
peace. Beginning as in an upper room, and with strange trembling 
at heart, the cause has gone on and prospered until, from broad 
Australia to farthest India, it has belted the world with a zone of 
liberality and blessed it with an atmosphere of prayer. Your suc- 
cesses, mighty and marvelous as they are, are all our successes 
too, for you have all sprung out of the loins of the missionary 
enterprise. 

I regard it with no inconsiderable satisfaction to be able to 
remind you to-day that when Richard Boardman and Joseph Pil- 
moor, in 1769, were sent out to America, the first missionary 
collection was made in the British Wesleyan Conference. The 
ministers there assembled were the only persons who contributed, 
and the sum of upward of two hundred dollars was put into their 
hands. And just to show you how in those times, when the 
ministry was ahead of the laity, let me tell you of another thing, 
that on their way to bid farewell to their friends, Boardman and 
Pilmoor called at the city of York, now one of the most laborious 
and earnest of our missionary auxiliaries. They made their vale- 
dictory address to the people, and a contribution was taken up 
which amounted to $2 50. And it was said, but I cannot vouch 
for the correctness of the tradition, but I believe it, that a special 
meeting for prayer was called for at five o'clock on the following 
morning to return God thanks for such unexampled liberality ! 
Hither, though with scanty means, but with firm trust in God, 
these messengers of the Churches came ; and looking at the 
majestic proportions of American Methodism now, albeit I say it 
unto you, ye owe us your own selves besides. 

Our Churches at home are in a state of profound peace, and 
we have not to mourn the absence of soul-converting power. 
Upon the many hills of Zion there has descended a very gracious 
rain, but we wait, however, in common with all other denomina- 
tions, for ampler showers of blessings, even for floods upon the dry 
ground. 

The comparative smallness of the impressions produced by the 
religious agencies is to us a matter of personal searching and 
humbleness, and although we are not insensible to the influence 
of secondary disturbing causes, and though least of all are we 
disposed to doubt the efficacy of the Gospel of Christ, or to be dis- 
heartened in our holy toil, we feel that we have not yet realized 
the success which is the fullness of the promise and the prayer 
of our Church : " Return, O Lord, from heaven, and look down 
and visit this vineyard, and the vine which thy right hand hath 
planted, and the branch which thou madest strong for thy- 
self." 

Of late years we have extended and organized our Home 



B, III.] Address of Rev. W. M. Runshon, M.A. 413 

Missionary operations. Methodism has been essentially home 
missionary from the beginning, but more systematic and organized 
effort has been the growth of later years. We have striven to 
pervade alike the scattered hamlets and cities prodigal of life with 
the glad tidings of a common salvation, and God has largely 
recompensed our cause and toil. In some instances there has 
been a renewal of the daring and opposition and triumph of 
primitive times. Swarth and cruel men, whose whole lives had. 
been an embodiment of evil, and of whom it was considered the 
Samaritanism of charity to try to reach and rescue, have joined 
lustily in strange hosannahs, and have been made great in the 
agencies of Christ. 

Our educational operations have been vigorously carried on. 
Here also we have woven the cypress with the laurel. Our long- 
tried and faithful secretary, the Rev. Michael C. Taylor, and the 
Rev. John Scott, a member of our Normal College, and the soul 
of its operations for many years — a man who was the trusted 
counselor of statesmen, as well as the beloved friend of his 
brethren, and of whose fireside wisdom it is difficult to speak even 
sober words, lest they should be considered flattery — have been 
taken from our midst. We sorrow for their loss ; but the noblest 
expression of our sorrow is to gird ourselves more vigorously for 
the work they left us. 

The great question of national education, and how far it should 
be made compulsory — a question, by the way, in which I frankly 
tell you you are a long way ahead of us — is the question of the 
hour, and earnest, thoughtful, subtle-minded men are engaged in 
grappling with the difficulties which surround it. Meanwhile, pend- 
ing the solution of the problem, we are striving and unostenta- 
tiously laboring to plant a holy seed which shall be the substance 
of the nation in which it shall live. The great work of church build- 
ing and relief, to which the present and accomplished President is 
devoting himself with so much assiduity and zeal, has developed 
among us of later years upon a sounder basis and with unprece- 
dented rapidity. 

We are not disposed at all to reflect upon our fathers ; they in 
their faith built temples for the future, and in most instances left 
the future to pay. Theirs was a grand and simple heroism, and 
but for their faith, Methodism might have been as ephemeral with 
us as a house of sand. But now we have juster perceptions of 
duty, and anticipate the time when we shall have no partnership 
of mortgagee and beneficiary. Our temples shall not be nominally 
but wholly houses of the Lord. 

One matter that has occupied our attention, and which has 
grown up into a thing of supreme importance, is the education of 
our ministry. Our two branches of theological institution are soon 
to be supplemented by a third, the building of Avhich is rapidly 
approaching completion. We feel if we would maintain the au- 
thority of the pulpit we must have men in it who are persons of 
the be«t trained minds of the times. The ministry of recon- 



414 Journal of the General Conference, 1868. LB, III. 

ciliation must he the leader of the age, and not the laggart behind. 
They must add to their faith every scholarly qualification, every 
valuable power, every gift of incisive and eloquent training, that 
they may be brave champions of the truth as well as wise winners 
of souls. Some have feared lest, in our desire for an educated min- 
istry, we should lower our standard somewhat in reference to the 
divine gloiy in the conversion of souls, upon which our fathers — all 
honor to their fidelity ! — insisted to the death. We should be base- 
born indeed if such a charge against us could be truly made. 
What! dispense for a moment with those things without which 
learning is discordant, and eloquence is a foolish cymbal sound, 
and academical training only the escutcheon which tells of death ! 
If there be anywhere a Church which should stoop to such a cruel 
and terrible abandonment, it would well deserve to be the hissing 
for the scorner and mimic sport for the Philistines who would have 
put out its eyes. If there be an) r where a man who enters the holy 
ministry with these professional sanctions only, let him be stripped 
of his vestments, for he is a traitor and a felon. But the tendency 
of learning we do not find to divert from simplicity of purpose. 
Some of our ripest scholars have been our most single-hearted 
Christians and our most earnest pleaders with sinners. We want 
to remove ourselves equally on the one hand from the pride of 
learning, and on the other hand from the pride which prides itself 
upon trampling that pride out, as Diogenes with cruel pride tram- 
pled upon the pride of Plato. But without pride of any sort, 
either of learning or of ignorance, Ave would humbly endeavor to 
unite the pair so long disjoined — knowledge and vital piety. We 
feel that we are striving after men who shall be men of God, ap- 
proved to declare his truth ; men who shall exhibit a manly and 
intelligent godliness ; scholars who shall bring science to the aid of 
faith ; theologists who shall be steeped in the marrow of the Bible ; 
pastors who shall be at home at the bedside of sickness, and rejoice 
with joy unspeakable to reclaim the erring ; and above all, preach- 
ers in whose hands God's great ordinances shall never be de- 
throned — to whom "I will give them mouth and wisdom which 
the adversary shall not be able to resist" — and which shall subdue 
the lordly conscience of the world to the truth as it is in Jesus, 
told with all the boldness of the Baptist herald, and with all the 
tender love and fidelity of the disciple whom Jesus loved. But, 
apart from this, our great want, as the address has told you — a 
want which we are persuaded we share in common with all 
Churches on earth — is a deejier and diviner baptism of the Holy 
Ghost. It is in the promise, and we are panting for this — " I will 
pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry 
ground." I don't know how it may come, and I do not want to 
dictate its manner of coming. It may come in the thunder, it may 
come in the still small voice, it may come in the closet privacy, it 
may come in the sanctuary fullness, it may come lifting up the soul 
into ecstasy in which, "whether in the body or out I cannot tell," 
it may come smiting the soul" down " in speechless awe that darei 



B, III.] Address of Rev. W. M. Pimshon, MA. 415 

not move;" but our hearts will know it when it comes; and our 
hearts, rejoicing in its manifestations, will go forth in its experi- 
ence ! In such an experience, having such a fullness of joy, their 
resolve will be, " now will I teach transgressors Thy ways, and 
sinners shall be converted unto Thee." 

Passing thus for a moment from the inner life of the Church 
into its surroundings, I may be excused for saying that we are very 
thankful that we have been enabled, as a Church, to "hold fast to 
the faith once delivered to the saints." We are not troubled with 
divers and strange doctrines. We are saved from high-handed 
sacramentalism on the one hand, and from cold and carnal disbe- 
lief on the other. Our fathers handed down their faith to us as a 
trust, and by God's grace we have kept it. And though princi- 
ples the most sacred are cast into the crucible, and in the schools 
of religious thought there is an evasion of truth, we have no 
heresy among us. We believe in the historic Christ, the only and 
all-sufficient Surety for human sin. We preach as our elders did, 
repentance, faith, and holiness. We believe in the Holy Ghost, 
the Divine Agent for the salvation of man, the enlightening, con- 
vincing, sanctifying, comforting, and directly witnessing Spirit. 
We believe in God the Holy Ghost, and we hold to the affirmation 
of the old Gospel — the old Gospel which has saved our fathers, 
and which has saved us — without addition and without perversion 
in ordinance, and is sufficient for the conversion of the world. 

All our relations to other Churches are in no sense peculiar. 
We are striving still, as Ave have striven from the beginning, to be 
the friends of all that will allow us to be, even in those cases in 
which there must be the healing work of time before Ave can be 
thoroughly united. In most cases of those Avho have seceded 
from us, and Avhose separation Avas occasioned by some consider- 
able bitterness of feeling, we Avish them God-speed in so far as 
they are doing the Lord's work in their own way. We wish 
them heartily God-speed, but Ave are not insensible to the poAver 
of God in brino-ins; sroocl out of seeming evil. At the same time 
the results of their experiments do not justify us in repeating them, 
and we may be permitted to doubt if any of them have found 
greener pastures and stiller waters or a richer blessing. 

Perhaps some of you may have read that there has been con- 
versation about us lately in a notable ecclesiastical assembly, even 
in a convocation of the ministry of the Lord of the Established 
Church of England, gathered in the Province of York, and that in 
the newspapers of the country there has been a good deal of dis- 
cussion about a contemplated reunion between us and the Church 
of England. Now this union is a very blessed thing. In view of 
the loss to the world, it is a thousand pities that there should be a 
distracted Church. He would be willing to receive any sugges- 
tions to secure the oneness of the mystical body of Christ. There 
has been no proposition of union at all. There has been some 
talk of absorption. And if you take the Pan-Anglican idea of the 
matter, it Avould be the least absorbing the greater, which is a 



416 Journal of the General Conference, 1868. CB, III. 

problem in dynamics hitherto unknown. If we would only consent 
to be absorbed quietly we might have certain concessions made. 
We would be allowed to have spiritual services, and to be some- 
what enthusiastic in our own way, and some of us, highly favored, 
might be exalted to positions of honor. You, perhaps, who read 
these things from far, may suppose we may be nattered by them, 
and that we are in danger of being ensnared ; but to us they are 
simply amusing. The time has long gone by for us to listen to 
any propositions of union except on equal terms. 

We are not " United Societies " now ; we are a Church, with a 
godly order, with a compact and yet flexible organization, with a 
pure creed, with Gospel authority, with a practical and substantial 
workable Discipline, with a divine and hallowed life. And there 
are hundreds of thousands of those who are our joy and crown, to 
whom we can say, in the words of the Book, " If we are not apos- 
tles unto others, doubtless we are apostles unto you, for the seal 
of our apostleship are ye in the Lord ;" and our answer to them 
that do examine us is this. 

Our steadfast adhesion to our original principles, and our accept- 
ance of the position into which we have been providentially 
brought, has been the occasion sometimes of misapprehension and 
of blame. We are not a political convocation, and we do not mean 
to be. We have within us all shades of political sentiment, and 
we mean to have. Rightly, or wrongly we conceive that this is the 
true idea of freedom ; diversify as much as you like in the simple 
questions of the hour — questions which a rag of bunting may sym- 
bolize — but united, close, compact, well-disciplined when a foul 
wrong is to be righted, when a poor slave is to be rescued, when 
we have to maintain some Protestant truth, or to battle for relig- 
ious truth. Hence we have held aloof by necessity of our position 
from certain movements which we could not bring into the cata- 
logue of purely Christian politics, or upon which we could not 
bring to bear the Niagara power of united Methodist opinion. 
We do not see that by this course of action — by giving up a por- 
tion of our individual rights in this matter — we have either forfeited 
our influence or forfeited our manhood. 

The lark has as keen a sense of freedom when she sits in her 
nest amid the tufted clover as when she trills her sky song through 
the air. The highest liberty has a self-imposed restraint ; and be- 
cause of our reticence upon general political matters we have, when 
the occasion calls for it, and when we move together, a vast and a 
recognized political power. Although quite a non-political body, 
we take a very intense interest in every thing that bears upon the 
welfare of the world ; and therefore it is that we desire, that we 
long, that we pray, that through all time the closest and the most 
friendly relations may exist between your nation and ours. 

The interruption, of such relations we should shrink from as 
under the suffering of personal wrong ; still, while our nature is as 
it is, and while the world is as it is, it cannot be otherwise than 
that offenses will come ; but where neither nation is possessed of 



B, III.] Address, of Rev. W. M. Punshon, If. A. 417 

a lust of power, and where on both sides there are calm and 
thoughtful and sober men, who can lift themselves above the reach 
of interest and prejudice, the most difficult complications ought 
never to be unmanageable, but should be like the quai'rels of lov- 
ers, which are but the renewing of love. 

I do rejoice most unfeignedly that, by the kindness of my 
brethren, I am permitted to-day to bear to you their fraternal 
greetings ; to assure you that the entire British Conference, with- 
out one exception, feel toward you and toward your nation the 
very heartiest good-will. 

I know, for I have had opportunities of knowing, opportunities 
derived from a large experience, now extending over I am afraid 
to say how many years of traveling throughout the length and 
breadth of our land, that the great heart of England, its muscle and 
sinew, all that is best and strongest in it, is sound and is cordial 
in this matter. 

I do not come among you to say this as a renegade Englishman 
currying favor with you to secure a noisy popularity by abasing 
my own institutions and by exalting yours. There is a sort of 
chaidatanism in that sort of work upon which I look down with 
utter scorn. These are honest English eyes that look straight into 
yours, English eyes that believe England to be the finest country 
upon earth. Let my honesty prove my sincerity when I hold out 
to you a brother's hand, and I tell you that there is a brother's 
heart behind it. And that I feel that I should have a small soul 
indeed if I could withhold my frank, manly, genial admiration of 
your great country, and my prayer that its future may be a future 
of increasing glory. May the great city in which we are assem- 
bled — a city without parallel for rapidity of growth in the w T orld — 
be the type of your national prosperity ! They tell me that it was 
lifted up out of the swamp so noiselessly that men ate and drank 
during the process without inconvenience and without fear! 

Now, that is the moral achievement which I hope for you. Not 
only on account of patriotism, not only because of fraternal feeling, 
but in sheer pity for the world, do I trust that the two great 
nations which we respectively represent may work always in har- 
monious accord. 

Up upon the mountain, beyond the little strifes of the hour, 
where the mists of prejudice do not rise, and the red lightnings 
of passion do not play, I see in the clear calm light that the des- 
tiny of the world is in your hands and in ours. 

One in blood, one in language, one in tradition and in the storied 
past, one in enterprise, one in immortal hope, one in the vows of a 
common religion, let us only be one in vocation and one in effort, 
and the world must sink beneath the Hand which arms us for the war. 
Honored fathers and brethren, let us enter into this fraternal and holy 
bond. The things which are shaken are shaken only that the things 
which cannot be shaken may remain. Let our two nations, yours 
and ours, remain in amity and in concord forever. Let us avoid 
mutual jealousies, provoking each other only unto love and good 



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works. Let us exhibit to the wonder of the nations the glad nup- 
tials between liberty and order. 

Let us labor that down through the ages there may be increasing 
reverence for truth, and for peace, and for God, and there need be 
no bounds to the magnificence of our national power; and the fires 
of the last day, which shall consume all that is false and unworthy, 
shall leave us with the light of the Divine Presence around us, the 
rewards of the law of truth and of peace, with which we have 
jointly blessed mankind! 



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B. IV.— Journal, page 159. 

SERMON BY THE REV. W. M. PUNSHON, A.M. 

Preached before the General Conference, May 15, 1868. 

[Flionographically Reported.] 

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear ; but of power, and of love, 

AND OF A SOUND MIND. — 2 Tim. i, 7. 

It is said that the unfailing affection of the Saviour for those 
whom he had chosen out of the world, and made partakers of his 
inner love, that having loved his own he loved them to the end, 
was an affection which was not interrupted either by their per- 
sonal airworthiness, or sin or sorrow. And there was a like con- 
stancy of regard in imitation of his living example, which seems 
to have been exhibited by the apostles, and the Churches which 
they founded, toward men whom they designated as children in 
the faith. With an affection fatherly in its solicitude for their 
welfare, and undimmed by the lapse of years, Paul watched over 
the Churches, and by his instruction fortifies the young evangelist 
whom he had inducted into his holy toil. Supremely anxious for 
the glory of Christ he suffers neither sickness nor favors to hinder 
his usefulness, and writes this epistle as an embassador in bonds. 
Already had he been before the bar of Nero, and although for- 
saken by recreant men — brethren — the Lord stood by him and 
delivered him out of the mouth of the lion ; but he is assured that 
all danger is not over, and is distinctly honored with the fore- 
shadowing of martyrdom. 

But this occasions no pang. It will be his introduction home. 
It will be the fiery chariot in which he will, with singing, cleave 
the sky. 

How sublime his attitude, as he stands Paul the aged ; the young 
blasphemer grown into the veteran saint. Gazing down the vista 
of the future, the apostolic hero stood in the gates of death, and 
listening, we seem to hear him say, " I am now ready to be offered, 
and the time of my departure is at hand." Departure ! for what is 
death but moving from one room into another, for " henceforth 
there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the 



B, TV.] Sermon by the Rev. W. M. Punshon, A.M. 419 

Lord, the righteous Judge, shall give unto rue." Such words from 
such lips at such a time as this must have been especially valuable. 
There was nothing from the*?oloring of fancy that might tempt to 
an unripe judgment; the purpose had been formed from observa- 
tion and reflection, his earlier Jewish prejudices have been cor- 
rected, the false lights have waned, the mind has clearer insight 
and a stronger vision, because the death hour projects the light of 
the invisible. 

We are bound, therefore, to reverently ponder the words which 
we have read as a text, because they are the expressions of the 
apostle's mature judgment as to the value and sacred importance of 
Christianity, and surely none was so well qualified to give its inter- 
pretation. Its reasonable service had cured his intemperate zeal ; 
through his trials he had proved its transforming power; and now 
he had special revelations of its grandeur, that had proven it to be 
lofty and divine. Through all the circumstances of a long life, he 
had not varied from his allegiance to it ; and now it is his soul's 
strong refuge, when the blasts of trouble are beating like a storm 
against the wall. He gives us his impressions of the Christianity 
he had loved so well. 

God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power. Thp 
great wauts of the world are the same, and in the proportion as 
the Church has spiritual force is she sufficient to win it to Christ. 
The same disposition must be expressed that Christ presents to us ; 
not mere illusions nor morbid manifestations, but in the most 
lovely and comely forms to the sight of men. 

I propose to prove, or rather to trace, " What is necessary in 
order to have the energetic expression of Christianity, and I think 
for ministry and people, and all together, its consideration will not 
be without its present profit. The expression of Christianity, as it 
is brought before us in the words of the text, is proof of its pre- 
ciousness, its gentleness, and intelligence. Just take these three 
things, and you shall find a whole gospel in them. The apostle's 
negative form and his first affirmative one are reallv the same, for 
we have not the spirit of fear ; but of power, and of love, and ot a 
sound mind. The main design of my sermon is to give force to 
the exhortation with which the apostle applies it: ''Be not thou 
therefore ashamed of the testimony of the Lord, nor of me his 
prisoner, but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the Gospel." 
The remembrance of his appearance before the tribunal of Nero, 
or before confessors — or rods of lictors, or ax of the executioner — 
these did not deter him ; but with a calm reliance that draws from 
danger its own support he went forward. The world's old idea 
of power, both in classical and pagan times, was indicated with 
physical death or brute force. Thus in the days of chivalry men 
were the slaves of their own vices and passions, and possessed of 
the courage which could be purchased for a shilling a day. There 
is a significant and humbling lesson of mournful feebleness in the 
fable of Hercules, in the narrative of Samson on the lap of Deli- 
lah. I know that mighty things can be wielded by mighty minds : 



420 Journal of the General Conference, 1868. [B, IV. 

I know that the resolute will always find the abject to crouch be- 
neath their mighty will ; but I know that Christianity is abroad 
among the nations molding them, end will continue to mold 
until the material energy and the material will find their place as 
the world grows older in the knowledge of God. Men will forget 
the flatteries of the high, when they will turn in disgust from the 
cruel power of the oppressor ; when pride shall be overthrown on 
its pedestal, and the libertine, with his chants and songs,_wi]l be 
prostrate, and with all their kindred wrongs will take their place 
in the dust. Then shall the declaration of Scripture be more fully 
realized, the righteous shall be had in everlasting remembrance. 
Worldly eminence is not, therefore, power. True power is not in 
physical strength or mental strength, apart from moral excellences. 
It is found only in connection with a heart that has virtuous 
courage as the first of its graces. The preacher who does not 
preach smooth things because the people desire it; who is un- 
daunted by the threats, and who makes a bold stand against the 
pride, of the great ; the struggling tradesman wdio scorns the 
adulterations and the little falsehoods so common and deemed by 
many so necessary to success in the marts of business, and who, at 
the risk of losing some of his best customers, closes his shop on the 
Lord's day; they have felt and do manifest the spirit of true power. 

God does not give us the spirit of fear, but of power, and by 
the grace of God there are gathered in this house to-day men 
enough who, if clothed with power from on high as they might 
and should be, could turn the world upside down. 

Where is our courage ? O for the race of the old Hebrew 
prophets ! strong men, who feared God and had no room for any 
other fear ; those who are manifestly baptized from on high, and 
who give every power to the service of the Master. 

But my ideal of apostolic character is not perfect yet. There is 
a word which, for the want of a better word to express what 
should be still added to this character I will use — it is unction; 
the spirit and power of Him who is the source of all power dwell- 
ing in each individual, making him such a power that he goes 
forth to conquer. What a mysterious power is this ! It is not 
talent, for the untalented often possess it ; it is not science, 
for they who are guiltless of all science, save the science of 
saving souls, often wield it. It belongs exclusively to no class 
or condition, but it is God's secret which he whispers to the ears 
of those he loves ; it is the length and breadth of God's gift of love 
to man ; it is the spirit of power which God gave to Christians in 
the early ages for the promulgation of his truth against barbaric 
power, aud against imperial power, and to overmatch the 
statuesque eloquence of Greece, and to overthrow the rights of 
paganism, and that against the power of evil in all its forms his 
truth might cleave its onward way. 

This Avas the power that kindled the smoldering embers of 
truth in the Middle Ages, and broke forth in the lame of the 
Reformation. This power God confers yet, and he delights to 



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confer it upon all who ask it. Error pales before it, and the fee- 
blest of the Gospel heralds rises into the strength of a David, and 
David clothed with it stands like an angel in the light of the sun. 
God waits now to bestow it, for his power is everlasting, and 
giving doth not impoverish him. All our power comes from God. 
Every thing good we do is by his strength, and clothed with this 
divine power we may do all things. Why not, then, seek it now? 
Is it not strange that we permit this treasure of power to lie idle 
in God's hands? What! is the spirit of power waiting in God's 
treasury for me? power to win souls to Christ, power to relax 
the death grasp of the destroyer, power to enthrone the conscience 
of the world again as the viceroy of the Lord? Is all this waitino- 
for me conditional upon my earnest prayer and faith ? Shall we 
not then enter into an earnest beseeching, such as we have never 
known before ? O for the descent of this power upon us, that we 
and the world may realize the fullness of the glory and love of God 
in Christ Jesus our Lord ! 

And of lone. Power that is untempered with love will be re- 
pulsive. It may be strong, but it will be rough ; there will be 
nothing winsome in it. Unless love takes hold of power and 
wields it it will effect little for good and for God. The Psalmist 
says, " God hath spoken once ; twice have I heard this, that 
power belongeth unto God ;" and then, recognizing this truth, he 
•climbs up to the conclusion, " Also unto thee, O Lord, belongeth 
mercy P So should it be with us, and so it may be ; power 
should be tempered and swayed by love, for God hath given us 
the spirit of power and of love and of a sound mind. 

So far as I know this spirit is the characteristic only of the 
Christian. All the hardy virtues grew on Pagan soil. There 
were high styles of manhood among Pagans. There were Aris- 
totle, and Socrates, and Cicero, and Plato, and many others, whose 
virtues might put to blush many a nominal Christian of the present 
day. But the spirit of love was not the ruling spirit in their 
hearts, and their virtues and utterances did not make hearts throb. 
If they had lived in our times they would be the righteous men 
of whom the apostle speaks; upright, but not loving; pure as an 
icicle, and as cold. It is under the dispensation of the Gospel only 
that truly good men spring up ; such good men as those spoken of for 
whom some will even dare to die. It is only the truly, heartily 
good man who can win from human hearts this homage, for there 
is a spirit of winsomeness about such which cannot be found in 
the righteous man. 

This doctrine of love as a necessity to the Christian was taught 
and illustrated by the life and instructions of Christ. His min- 
istry was love in action. Every precept that he uttered had a 
glowing promise in its heart ; and in all his life this principle is 
manifest, that the teaching of his people in all coming time which 
shall win victories over the heart is the teaching of love. Was 
this in the disciples? Not till it had been planted there by 
Christ. Look at the miracle of the loaves and fishes. What said 



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the disciples with regard to the hungering multitude? "Send the 
multitude away." They were not fit to be apostles yet. On the 
next page you find that the Master said to the apostles, " Go over to 
the other side of the lake." He would send them away. They 
were to know by experience what it was to endure the absence of 
an absent Lord, to suffer the buffetings of the deep, to be in danger 
with no Saviour present, and they would be the better men, and 
the better apostles, for the storms they were to meet. He would 
indicate by this that their training was to be the discipline of love. 

So in every age, the teaching that has been the most humane has 
been the most successful ; that which has been moved by love has 
triumphed. 

There are chords in the most degraded hearts which the hand 
of kindness can touch and draw from them the sweetest melodies. 

It was this principle in the heart of Mrs. Fry that touched pris- 
oners' hearts, which were harder than the walls of Newgate ma- 
sonry. Browning chose the transport ship as his field of toil, 
and the spirit of love in him won there trophies of grace. 

It was the spirit of love which made London thieves attentive 
while nobility doffed its coi*onet to whisper to them the blessed 
words of love, and they were won to the cross of Christ — won by 
the gentle angel of love. 

What was your own experience, you who know the joys of 
grace? What was the way by which you came? You were led 
under the shadow of Sinai, and you heard its thunders,, but, like 
them of ancient times, as you passed out from under its shadow 
your heart became harder ; but when you came to that other 
mountain, the mount where Jesus bled, you could not stand that. 
That broke down your heart, and you yielded to love what Sinai 
never could have conquered. 

This sight of the blood which purchases our pardon can break 
the stony heart, and subdue it to the Cross. We have here the old 
fable over again, in which, while the rain fell and the storm raged, 
the man drew the folds of his cloak more closely about him, but 
threw it off at the first burst of the sunshine. 

It is this ministry of love that only can reach and save the 
masses. It must be all heart work. The heart must speak to the 
heart in love ; and if we have preaching like this, and priests like 
this, how shall we triumph ! True, there are no priests now in the 
sense of office ; but we are all priests, a royal priesthood unto 
God, and our ministry must be one of love if it would be one of 
success. We must go to the people with words of love, and with 
looks of love, which no hypocrisy can hide from the eye of a child, 
and tell them that the Lord who bled for us, and by whose death 
we are saved, bled for them also ; and it will be that when more 
of this spirit of love shall be poured down upon all the Churches 
that the Gospel shall spread, and every-where win its widening 
way. Then there will be calm smiles where now is the frown of 
anger ; then the kiss of peace shall be returned w T here now the 
blow is given ; then will brawny arms of labor be lifted up in 



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appeal to God; and then shall be witnessed the scene of all striving 
together in love for the same ends and for the same heaven. 

Of a sound mind. There must not only be bravery in testi- 
mony, and gentleness of heart, but there must also be the ability 
to give to every man who asks a reason for the hope that is in us, 
with meekness and fear. The spirit of Christianity is not only brave 
and gentle, but it is intelligent. It must address itself to the work 
of understanding the dictates of the highest and sublimest wisdom. 
The spirit of Christianity is eminently reasonable. There are won- 
ders in it, but no lying wonders. There are miracles in it, but no 
unreasonable miracles. Hence, every thing which is not in accord 
with the spirit of true reason is no part of the Gospel of Jesus 
Christ. Hence, the cruel spirit of persecution, wherever you fiud 
it, is not of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Hence, all that springs 
from the spirit of superstition, Avherever found, is not of the Gospel 
of Jesus. Hence, the vain and foolish pretensions of modern spir- 
itism are not of the Gospel of Christ ; and hence, also, any thing 
and every thing which a sound mind condemns, is not of the Gospel 
of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

They only are of a sound mind who believe in the Lord Jesus, 
and accept him as their Saviour. I know it is not uncommon for 
men of the world to throw their jibes at Christians, and accuse 
them of fanaticism and folly. But how easy it is for the Christian 
to repel that charge! Go examine the Christian. Feel his pulse ; 
you find it steady. Look at his life ; you find it deliberate, and 
cool, and upright. He is not mad, but he speaks forth the words 
of truth and soberness. 

How easy were it, not only to repel this charge, but to retort it. 
That man there knows that in the winter time which is coming 
his false friends will forsake him, and he will be left to his own 
resources ; and, yet he wantons away the summer time, and makes 
no provision for the approaching winter. That man — and you 
have met many such in the streets of this city — knows he will be 
summoned soon to take a journey, and yet he has made, and is 
making, no preparation for it. That man lives in a frame building, 
in an old and crazy house, and has been told again and again that 
it is falling, and yet he endeavors not to escape till it is in ruins 
about his ears. " O," but you say, " why do you insult us with 
such pictures as these ? This is an asylum to which you are taking 
us, and all these are mad." Yes, they are mad, but their madness 
is yours, if you are not to-day in Christ Jesus. Your summer of 
life is almost gone, but you are making no preparation for the 
future. Your- hours are becoming fewer and fewer, and yet they 
pass unimproved. The influences which once touched and moved 
you have now no effect upon you, because your heart is hai'd- 
eniug. The harvest is almost past, and you are not yet saved. 
You must soon take the last journey, even to that country 
from whose bourne no traveler returns, and you may be sum- 
moned suddenly to enter upon it, and yet you are making no 
preparation. You are living in a crazy house, the rafters and Urn- 



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bers of which time is wearing out, and yet you are making no 
provision for that " house not made with hands, eternal in the 
heavens." Yes ! these are fools and madmen ; you have said it, 
but their folly and madness is yours, and if there is one such who 
has strayed into this house to-day, I charge you be foolish and 
mad no more. Religion takes away madness and bestows wisdom. 
Let her do so by you. 

You may imagine you have all knowledge and wisdom, and 
may call us impotent and poor ; but we rise above the scorn of 
the world, for God hath made us kings and priests, and ours is a 
royal heritage. Come, then, with us and be saved. 

It would rejoice me more than all else to be able to know that 
this service had brought some sinner to Christ, had brought some 
feet from the ways of darkness and death into the paths of light 
and life, or that it had been the means of reclaiming some poor 
lost wanderer. For God's sake do not trifle with the work of 
your salvation, but come every one to Jesus ! You may every one 
present to God an acceptable sacrifice, for the sacrifice of God is a 
broken and a contrite heart. I do not care how far away from God 
you may have gone, even though you may hear the wail of demon 
voices and stand upon the very verge of the pit, yet never mind. 
One cry, one slightest whisper of faith, and Jesus will lift you up out 
of the horrible pit, and put your feet upon the rock ; yes, will lift 
you up to heavenly places in Christ Jesus, and heaven shall re- 
sound with the song, " This my son was dead, and is alive again ; 
he was lost and is found." 



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B, V.— Journal, page 212. 

ADDRESS OF THE REV. W. M. PUNSHON ON TAKING LEAVE 
OF THE GENERAL CONFERENCE. 

Me. President and Brethren : I have but little to say in 
addition to what I have already had the privilege of saying both 
from this platform, and in the delightful social intercourse I have 
been permitted to enjoy with a good many ministers whom I never 
saw before, but whose memory will be vividly before me through- 
out my future life. I rejoice to have been permitted to be present 
with you in this interesting period in your history, when, for the 
first time, I believe, in your history as a General Conference of 
the Methodist Episcopal Church, you have removed color from 
the list of your disqualifications, as in your national legislature 
you have removed color from the catalogue of crimes. 

I rejoice, too, that my observations among you will add greatly 
to my appreciation of the enormous moral responsibility which is 
upon you, and the vastness of the moral power which this Confer- 
ence and the denomination it represents wield. Responsibility is 
co-ordinate with power always, and I have been pleased to see 
that a sense of responsibility presses upon those who are called 



B, V.] Address qf the Rev. W. 31. Punshon. 425 

upon by the providence of God to wield this power ; and I argue 
well for the future of this country, with such vast capabilities for 
good, when I remember that those who are called to wield this 
power are bound at once by their sense of duty and their ordina- 
tion vows to use it on the side of truth and honor and righteous- 
ness, and for the glory of God. 

I am quite sure that the tendency of this intercourse between 
us is to draw more closely the bond of esteem and fellowship 
between us. I should not be afraid to have your representatives 
see the coldest side of the British Conference. If there is a frigid, 
or, perhaps I should say, coldly temperate zone, I should not be 
afraid to have your representatives see it, for I am sure it would 
only augment the heat of that zone. If there has been any mis- 
understanding between us I am sure we have been very much in 
the condition of the mountaineer who, when climbing up the 
rough mountain side, saw before him in the distance a terrible 
monster, the sight of which almost froze his blood with fear ; 
but as the terrible monster came nearer he clasped the hand 
of his own brother. It was his brother all the time, you know. 
It was only the mist and distance that prevented an earlier 
recognition. 

If you will favor us with representatives, one chosen from your 
official board, and an associate whom you may choose — it is not 
for me to nominate — but we should all be glad if more favoring 
circumstances would accrue to permit the honored brother who 
was detained by sickness in his family from visiting us with Bishop 
Janes, to visit us ; but we shall receive them or any others you 
may send with gladness. We shall welcome them to our homes 
and hearts. We will show them every thing. We have no 
secrets of policy to conceal. For once we will be as the man 
whom the poet described as having a window in his bosom, 
through which the soul could be seen. By the grace of God we 
will prove the truth of the poet's words that 

" Mountains rise and oceans roll 
To sever us in vain." 

I shall not consume your time in speaking of the personal kind- 
nesses which I have received among you. I feel that I have in 
some sense a duplicate character, standing, as I do, as a represent- 
ative of another body. 

I desire to return my grateful thanks for all the kindnesses 
shown me. I may not venture more than the apology of a friend — 
but beseeching you not to interpret the brevity of my remarks as 
indicating a lack of gratitude — who when asked to make a speech 
replied, " There is an old proverb which tells us that speech is 
silver, but silence is gold." I do not happen to have any small 
change about me this morning, will you accept the gold ? 



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B, VI.— Journal, page 340. 
REPLY TO THE ADDRESS OF THE BRITISH CONFERENCE. 

The General Conference of the Methodist Episcopal 
Church in the United States to the British Conference. 

Rev. and dear Fathers and Brethren : Your fraternal 
address, dated Birmingham, August 11, 1865, has' been received 
by us with great pleasure. We are gratified to learn from your 
letter and through your honored representative, the Rev. William 
Morley Punshon, A.M., that, under the blessing of Almighty God, 
peace and prosperity still abound to you in all your departments 
of Christian labor at home and abroad; that in your missionary, 
church-building, and educational enterprises you are steadily 
advancing. And, above all, we glorify God in you because you 
have, as a Church, held fast " the faith once delivered to the 
saints," and that you are praying for, and by faith expecting, a 
" deeper and diviner baptism of the Holy Ghost," that you may 
the more efficiently aid in " spreading scriptural holiness over 
all lands." 

Your cordial and Christian welcome of one of our beloved Super- 
intendents, Rev. Bishop Janes, D.D., " for his sake and our own," 
commands our grateful acknowledgments, and it will excite us to 
more earnest pi'ayer and to renewed exertions to cultivate and 
increase the strength of those bonds which unite us as co-ordinate 
branches of the Church of God, until, one in the unity of the faith 
and the truth as it is in Jesus, we shall join with the redeemed of 
every land in songs of praise and thanksgiving at the universal 
triumph of Christianity. 

With regard to our own Church we are enabled, through the 
blessing of God, to report a continued increase in territory, Con- 
ferences, members, contributions, and spiritual power. The success 
of the general government in overthrowing a rebellion inaugurated 
to perpetaute American slavery, and in that success forever abolish- 
ing slavery wherever the authority of the United States prevails, 
opened the long-closed South to our Church. There are now included 
within that territory nine Annual Conferences, three hundred and 
seventy-three traveling Preachers, and ninety-thousand and seventy- 
one members. If we add the enlargement of our work in Kentucky, 
Missouri, and Arkansas, our increase, on what was slave territory 
prior to the rebellion, is five hundred and fifty traveling Preachers, 
and one hundred and seventeen thousand two hundred and ninety- 
six members. Two Conferences of colored ministers have been 
organized since our last session that now report one hundred and 
one ministers, and twenty-six thousand four hundred and eighty- 
seven members. Delegates from these two Conferences have been 
received into our General Conference, with all the rights and 
privileges of Delegates of other Annual Conferences. In fact, 
so far has the spirit of caste been driven from our beloved Zion, 



B, VI.] Reply to the Address of the British Conference. 427 

that color is no embarrassment to admission into any of our Con- 
ferences. For this we most humbly and devoutly thank God. 
The overthrow of slavery placed the freedmen of the South with- 
in the reach of education. Our Church has organized a Freed- 
men's Aid Society, and through it we are endeavoring to fulfill 
our part of the duty of educating them. At present we have in 
the field seventy-two teachers, giving instruction to about seven 
thousand pupils. We trust that we shall not be unfaithful in the 
opportunity thus offered of paying at least the interest due these 
freedmen for the unpaid labor of themselves and their ancestors, 
doubly due them, for they are our brethren for whom Christ died. 
We are pleased to tell you that God is giving success to our efforts. 
The fruit of our toil appears ere the blossom dies. Some, who were 
slaves when the rebellion commenced, are now honored ministers ; 
others are in our Biblical Institute, preparing for the ministry ; 
and thousands more are in our Church, happy in God, industrious 
and frugal in their habits, rapidly being fully qualified to perform 
the duties of American citizenship, which has been so suddenly 
and strangely conferred upon them. 

During the quadrennium just closed our numbers have increased 
from 923,394 to 1,146,081, an increase of 222, 181. During the 
same period the number of our Churches has risen from 9,430 to 
11,121, and their value has swelled from $20,830,554 to $35,885,439. 
Our publishing interests were never in a more flourishing condition. 

The results of the Centenary year were most gratifying. It had 
been anticipated that $2,000,000 would be given as a thank-offering 
to God for the success of the Methodist Episcopal Church in the 
United States during its first century ; but the spirit of liberality 
which our Saviour put into the hearts of our people proved that 
our anticipations were born of our fears rather than our faith, for 
the thank-offerings amount to the sum of $8,397,662. 

The endowments of our educational institutions have been 
largely augmented by these Centenary funds, and, consequently, 
our facilities for diffusing a sanctified education among the people 
have been greatly enhanced. Much, also, has been done for our 
theological schools. To those alreadv existing at the time of our 
last letter, the Drew Theological Seminary, munificently endowed 
by Daniel Drew, Esq., has been added, and placed under the con- 
trol of the General Conference. 

The contributions of the Centenary year to the Centenary Edu- 
cational Fund, and to the Sunday-School Children's Fund, have 
rendered it necessary to create the " Board of Education of the 
Methodist Episcopal Church," whose duty it is to " receive and 
securely invest the principal of the Centenary Fund, and under 
specific limitations" to "appropriate the interest only " to aid young 
men preparing for the foreign missionary work or for the ministry 
at home ; to aid our theological schools, colleges, and academies ; 
and also to appropriate, under proper restrictions the interest of 
the Sunday-School Children's Fund, to assist meritorious Sunday- 
school scholars in obtaining a more advanced education. This is a 



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new feature in our system of education, and one which we think 
will ultimately vastly augment the power of the Church for good. 

Our missionary work at home and abroad is prospering, and our 
hearts are stimulated to renewed zeal, enlarged contributions, and 
mightier faith for the evangelization of the world. 

Many questions of much importance — not concerning doctrines, 
however, for these no one among us desires to have altered — have 
agitated, and some are still agitating, the ministry and laity of our 
Church. Thus far all changes have been accomplished not only 
without detriment, but to the temporal and spiritual advantage of 
the Church. And as both those who seek and those who oppose 
other changes and modifications of our discipline and economy are 
equally loyal to the Church and devoted to God, we feel confident 
that the same " glorious Lord " who has hitherto guided and pro- 
tected us, will, in his infinite wisdom and mercy, still guide us in 
all the changes we may make, and plant our "Jerusalem, a quiet 
habitation, a tabernacle that shall not be taken down," in " a place 
of broad rivers and streams," "for the Lord is our Judge, the 
Lord is our Lawgiver, the Lord is our King. He will save us." 

Since the visit of your former representative, Rev. W. L. Thorn- 
ton, M.A., whose name is as precious ointment poured forth, Rev. 
L. L. Hamline, D.D., one of our Bishops, who, on account of declin- 
ing health, resigned the office,